Chamber Member Wal-Mart Opens First 'Neighborhood Market' Store in Chicago
Chicago – Chicagoland Chamber member Wal-Mart opened its newest store in the West Loop’s Presidential Towers apartment complex on Wednesday. The city’s first neighborhood market store, which is about four times smaller than the typical Wal-Mart supercenter, is part of the retailer’s recent effort to continue its expansion into the city.
Last June, Wal-Mart announced its plan to open several dozen new stores in Chicago, which is expected to lead to the creation of approximately 12,000 area jobs. The Chamber has been a supporter of Wal-Mart’s plan, which can help reduce area unemployment and also help eliminate Chicago’s “food desert” problem, where city residents’ access to groceries is severely limited.
The Chamber member plans to roll out several more Chicago stores over the next two years.