March 16, 2011

Mayor Daley Announces Walmart To Build Six New Stores In Englewood, Chatham, Pullman And West Loop Communities

New Urban Formats to Better Address the Needs of Chicago Shoppers
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Mayor Richard M. Daley and Walmart officials announced today that the retailer would build six new stores in the Englewood, Chatham, Pullman and West Loop neighborhoods over the next two years.

Mayor Daley was joined at the announcement by other elected officials, Walmart executives and neighborhood representatives on the site of what will be a new Walmart Market store at 76th and Ashland.
“I want to applaud Walmart for their commitment to strengthening our neighborhoods by designing new formats for urban stores that will help provide fresh food and groceries in our most underserved communities,” Mayor Daley said.

The retailer formally announced development plans for the following stores:

  • Walmart Supercenter in Pullman at 111th and Doty Avenue.
  • Walmart Supercenter in Chatham at 83rd and Stewart Avenue.
  • Walmart Market in the West Loop at Monroe and Jefferson Streets.
  • Walmart Market in Englewood at 76th and Ashland Avenue.
  • Walmart EXPRESS in Englewood at 71st and Western Avenue.
  • Walmart EXPRESS in Chatham at 83rd and Stewart Avenue.

“When I met with Walmart last year, I told them that they needed an approach that addressed the needs of the urban shopper if they truly wanted to make a difference in our underserved neighborhoods, Mayor Daley said. “Today, it appears that they did just that by creating smaller urban store formats that will better serve our communities. I applaud their leadership in creating jobs and providing retail and grocery services in areas of the city that need it most.”

Chicago’s Walmart EXPRESS stores will be less than 30,000 sq. ft and focus on convenience by offering customers grocery, pharmacy and limited general merchandise. 
Walmart Market – previously called Neighborhood Market - will range in size from 30,000 to 60,000 sq. ft. and provide a wider assortment of fresh grocery as well as a bakery and delicatessen. 
The Walmart Supercenter will continue to serve as a one-stop destination, offering full service grocery as well as a wide range of general merchandise. 
“Mayor Daley has been a champion of economic development in the city and his support of Walmart through the years has allowed us the opportunity to do what we do best: open stores that create jobs and offer a broad assortment of products at every day low prices,” said Julie Murphy, Senior Vice President, Walmart U.S., who is based in Chicago.  “Moving forward, we will continue to identify sites in Chicago’s food deserts while also looking for opportunities to help even more Chicagoans save money and live better.”
Murphy said that the six new Chicago stores Walmart is announcing today will create more than 1,000 new retail jobs and hundreds of temporary construction jobs to build these facilities. The new Walmart Market store at 76th and Ashland will bring as many as 100 new jobs to the Englewood neighborhood.
Mayor Daley said that the one Chicago Walmart store built in the Austin neighborhood more than four years ago has made a positive, ripple effect on the local economy.
There were 17,000 applicants for about 450 jobs when the Austin Walmart Supercenter opened, he said. More than 80 percent of the associates are from the West Side and the majority of associates are full-time employees.
“The Austin store is a big success and it’s stimulating the local business environment,” he said. “I hope that these new Walmart stores will have the same positive economic development effect on the West Loop, Englewood, Pullman and Chatham communities.”
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