22 July 2009 ? Walmart is trying another route to gain access to the city of Chicago. Walmart has plans to run a Farmers Market this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm in the vacant lot that was slated to be a Walmart. This is a publicity opportunity for Walmart after its five year battle to serve Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood. Walmart claims it will bring 400 jobs to the South Side. Opponents argue that Walmart destroys jobs by putting local merchants out of business. Opponents also claim that the Walmart jobs are lower-paying and mostly part-time. A Lowe’s home-improvement store already is open at Chatham Market. Discount grocer Aldi plans to open a store there next year. This has become a very public battle between Ald. Howard Brookins, 21st Ward, and the city. Some say this public battle could harm the city’s chance at the Olympic Bid.Email This Post To a Friend.
July 22, 2009
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