Yes folks, that is right, Wal-Mart is open for business in Chicago’s Loop. Wal-Mart opened its first “Neighborhood Market Store” in Chicago today at 555 W. Madison in the Presidential Towers apartment complex. According to the Chicago Tribune it will have the following: “It carries fresh produce, meat and dairy products, frozen foods, dry goods and staples, pet supplies, health and beauty aids, stationery, a deli, a bakery and a pharmacy.”
Judging from the outside of the store it looks pretty nice in my opinion. Of the course there will be backlash from many who don’t want Wal-Mart in the city, who shout that Wal-Mart does not benefit communities, but at the end of the day a filled retail store front is better than an empty one. Opening a new concept such as this, in a city filled with Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Dominicks “Life Style” stores, Mariano’s, and Eco Friendly Jewel Oscos, Wal-Mart has no choice but to compete not only in prices but also in quality. I’m very excited to visit this store and see what they have done. I have no doubt in my mind that it will be successful and will be enjoyed my area residents.
Wal-Mart plans several new stores in the coming quarters, two specifically in the Lakeview Neighborhood.