An animated Mayor Richard Daley says politics was behind the long-standing opposition to having Walmart stores in Chicago. Says Daley: "This was the right thing to do six years ago. It's the right thing to do today."
The mutlichain retailer announced on Wednesday two new locations in the West Englewood area: a mid-sized Neighborhood Market at 76th and Ashland and a convenience store at 83rd Street and Stewart Avenue.
The stores were announced alongside retiring Mayor Richard Daley.
Last week, Ald. Howard Brookins confirmed the urban Wal-Mart Express, the smaller of the two stores, will occupy a 10,000-square-foot building.
The location will be about the size of a 7-Eleven and carry similar items. It will be the first for Wal-Mart, a concept the company announced last month.
The larger Neighborhood Market, similar to what's planned for the Presidential Towers apartment complex in the West Loop, is a condensed version of the larger suburban stores.