The Flood Gates are Open for Wal-Mart in Chicago

28 Jun

If a Wal-Mart store is less than 15,000 square feet, is it still a Wal-Mart?

Recently Crain’s Chicago reported that the giant retailer from Arkansas is planning its SECOND store in Lakeview, this one only 14,000 s.f. Wal-Mart of course has many stigmas attached to it and understandably so. However, most of these negative impressions surround their larger, ‘Supercenter’ stores that create massive traffic impacts, and often draw criminal elements to their expansive parking lots. Still, I’m not convinced that these proposes smaller stores aren’t simply Trojan Horses being kindly lead into our city walls.

I wouldn’t be surprised if next month or next year we see an application for a 150,000 s.f. Wal-Mart that gets approval, after all, they’re already in Chicago!

On a side note, thanks to everyone for continuing to sign the petition and providing feedback from the neighborhood!

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