Windy City Wal-Mart to Open in 2005

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Jul 29, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson


Wal-Mart is looking to open its first store inside the Chicago city’s limits
by 2005. The company announced it has filed an application to open a 150,000
square foot Wal-mart store on Chicago’s West Side.


According to Reuters, “The proposed Chicago store would replace a vacant
shampoo factory formerly owned by Unilever NV (UNc), and create 100 to 200 construction
jobs and 250 store positions.”


There are those who oppose Wal-Mart’s entry into Chicago, saying it will hurt
local businesses and cost area residents jobs.


Moderator’s Comment: Is Wal-Mart good for local economies,
as it contends, or is it bad, as its critics allege?

Emma Mitts, the councilwoman for the Chicago West Side
district added a dose or reality to this particular debate. She told Reuters,
“That’s (loss of jobs) unlikely if we don’t have jobs for them to take away.”

[George
Anderson – Moderator
]

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