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Wal-Mart plans another store in Lakeview

Chicago, IL — A new Wal-Mart Express is heading to Boystown with a second already planned for the River North neighborhood. The new store will reportedly be in the old Recycled Paper Greetings building at 3636 N. Broadway.

According to Crain's Chicago Business, Wal-Mart has signed a lease and recently field a building permit for construction of the store on Broadway, just north of Addison. The location is about five blocks east of Wrigley Field

Alderman James Cappleman (46th), whose ward includes the 14,086-square-foot space, says he heard about the deal from residents at a community meeting last week and was first contacted by Wal-Mart on Tuesday afternoon, after Crain's initial inquiry.

"One of my concerns is I'm just now finding out about it," Cappleman said. "I've been very clear from the very beginning that I'm an alderman that works with the chambers and community organizations. We need to hear from any interested business very quickly so we can make decisions about what's best for this community."

This is the second confirmed Wal-Mart Express store on the north side as the big-box retailer continues to expand its franchise into larger urban cities, including Chicago and Los Angeles. 

Wal-Mart faced strong opposition and vocal protests last year when it announced plans to open a location at 2840 N. Broadway, about a mile south of this new location. Critics claim the Bensonville, Ark.-based retailer hurts local stores and would change the character of the neighborhood. 

A Loyola University/University of Illinois at Chicago study released last year indicated Wal-Mart does not have the enhanced retail activity and employment opportunities that the company claims. The study surveyed the Wal-Mart location in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, which opened in 2006. 

Wal-Mart calls the survey "flawed."
yess i want one here so damn bad
Posted by Justin239 on Wed, 6/29/2011 3:50 PM
who cares about the small businesses, if you look at it from a business view walmart will be making three x's as much as the small businesses and will rank in even more money for chicago
Posted by Justin239 on Wed, 6/29/2011 3:53 PM
I would hope ample parking is going to be included with this structure. I would expect traffic to increase like nuts..
Posted by Joseph Palmer on Wed, 6/29/2011 3:56 PM
Flat out refuse to shop at walmart. No way in hell. They can build it, but I won't come.
Posted by Rudy Belova on Wed, 6/29/2011 3:58 PM
Posted by Alfredo Cotto on Wed, 6/29/2011 4:02 PM
Oh great, before long our neighborhood will be indistinguishable from one in Schaumburg or Naperville.
Posted by Aaron Hoffman on Wed, 6/29/2011 4:02 PM
Wal-Mart in Boystown - GROSS!
Posted by Jim Snelson on Wed, 6/29/2011 4:09 PM
Sounds like a great re-use of an existing building and glad to see a new Wal-Mart concept store is entering the neighborhood. I don't quite understand people's fears of successful corporation. And for those that are worried about the small business I would suggest that you continue to keep your business with them and encourage your friends and neighbors to do so as well.
Posted by Tom Behnke on Wed, 6/29/2011 4:12 PM
10 Reasons to Buy Locally!

1) Locally grown food tastes and looks better. The crops are picked at their peak, and farmstead products like cheeses and are hand-crafted for best flavor. Livestock products are processed in nearby facilities and typically the farmer has direct relationship with processors, overseeing quality - unlike animals processed in large industrial facilities.

2) Local food is better for you. The shorter the time between the farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost from fresh food. Food imported from far away is older and has traveled on trucks or planes, and sat in warehouses before it gets to you.

3) Local food preserves genetic diversity. In the modern agricultural system, plant varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen uniformly, withstand harvesting, survive packing and last a long time on the shelf, so there is limited genetic diversity in large-scale production. Smaller local farms, in contrast, often grow many different varieties of crops to provide a long harvest season, an array of colors, and the best flavors. Livestock diversity is also higher where there are many small farms rather than few large farms.

4) Local food is safe. There's a unique kind of assurance that comes from looking a farmer in the eye at farmers' market or driving by the fields where your food comes from. Local farmers aren't anonymous and they take their responsibility to the consumer seriously.

5) Local food supports local families. The wholesale prices that farmers get for their products are low, often near the cost of production. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food - which helps farm families stay on the land.

6) Local food builds community. When you buy direct from a farmer, you're engaging in a time-honored connection between eater and grower. Knowing farmers gives you insight into the seasons, the land, and your food. In many cases, it gives you access to a place where your children and grandchildren can go to learn about nature and agriculture.

7) Local food preserves open space. When farmers get paid more for their products by marketing locally, they're less likely to sell farmland for development. When you buy locally grown food, you're doing something proactive to preserve our working landscape. That landscape is an essential ingredient to other economic activity in the state, such as tourism and recreation.

8) Local food keeps taxes down. According to several studies by the American Farmland Trust, farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas most development contributes less in taxes than the cost of required services. Cows don’t go to school, tomatoes don’t dial 911.

9) Local food benefits the environment and wildlife. Well-managed farms provide ecosystem services: they conserve fertile soil, protect water sources, and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. The farm environment is a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds and buildings that provide habitat for wildlife in our communities.

10) Local food is an investment in the future. By supporting local farmers today, you are helping to ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow. That is a matter of importance for food security, especially in light of an uncertain energy future and our current reliance on fossil fuels to produce, package, distribute and store food.
Posted by Dan on Wed, 6/29/2011 4:29 PM
What a perfect location! It's not like there is a Jewel, Walgreen's, Treasure Island, and Whole Foods within 15 feet of that space. Wal-Mart clearly didn't do their research.
Posted by steelej10 on Wed, 6/29/2011 4:30 PM
booooooooooooooooooooooooooo Walmart
Posted by Erin M Robinson on Wed, 6/29/2011 4:51 PM
You know who cares about small biz \u0040Justin....SMALL BIZ OWNERS like me, you know who doesn't care about YOU Justin...Walmart & The City of Chicago...keep on rooting for them and see where it gets u!!
Posted by Erin M Robinson on Wed, 6/29/2011 4:52 PM
Protest!!!! KEEP WAL MART OUT!!!!!
Posted by Judy Prebell on Wed, 6/29/2011 6:56 PM
WAL MART SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Judy Prebell on Wed, 6/29/2011 6:59 PM
Posted by Nicholas Molodyko on Wed, 6/29/2011 7:48 PM
Big mistake...people need to watch the documentary about Walmart...its on YouTube...
Posted by Nelson Landon Rodriguez on Thu, 6/30/2011 5:52 AM
Posted by Nelson Landon Rodriguez on Thu, 6/30/2011 5:53 AM
that building can use a new life, that would be a better location then the Clark, Broadway and Diversey location.
Posted by maleman on Thu, 6/30/2011 6:02 AM
They can give jobs to the ghetto kids from the center, causing more of those criminals to come to btown, major mistake
Posted by James748 on Thu, 6/30/2011 6:23 AM
What can we do to stop it? WalMart is like a virus to communities.
Posted by Ryan McIntyre on Thu, 6/30/2011 6:53 AM
That's Awesome! Love Wal-Mart!
Posted by archangel01 on Thu, 6/30/2011 8:07 AM
The building needs a face lift and it's a small store. The kids from the center on Halsted are already here creating issues. I don't think a Walmart will change that. Finally, tell me about a business that is not corrupt in one form or another.
Posted by Russell Humes on Thu, 6/30/2011 9:05 AM
NO Walmart.. Keep them out of my town.. We don't need anything they sell in Boys-Town..
Posted by Gregory on Thu, 6/30/2011 11:07 AM
The Walmart Express stores are gonna be set up similar to how Walgreens & CVS Pharmacy are set up. Walmart claims that the stores are amied at those who've been shopping at the dollar stores, but that isn't a smart move for Walmart. If it were to have any effect, it might be with Walgreens & CVS Pharmacy, & not stores like Dollar Tree. Wisconsin based Shopko tried out the Shopko Express store format, & overall for them, it flopped. While they still have a few of those stores still open, they're not really expanding that part of the business. If Shopko couldn't make it work, then I don't see how Walmart will make it work. Walmart already alienated their customer base for Target's customer base when they eliminated layaway in 2006. If people are smart enough in Boystown, they could make Walmart a failure in that part of Chicago. Besides, the people who live in Boystown are likely to be a Target shopper anyway (must have the money to live in Boystown, & most of us don't have that).
Posted by David Stage on Thu, 6/30/2011 3:05 PM
Why in hell would we need a wal-mart here in Boystown? wal-mart is the scum of the retail world. Is there a desire to attract heteros to OUR community? Right winged conservatives shop at wal-mart, KEEP wal-mart out of OUR community!
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