2 More Chicago Wal-Marts Planned

Wal-Mart is expected to announce plans of a convenience store and mid-size market on the South Side

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011  |  Updated 4:40 PM CDT
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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."

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Wal-Mart is moving to Chicago's South Side, but not with the sprawling, big-box format it's known for in the suburbs.

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.

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