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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Wal-Mart moves into Downtown Chicago

On this past Wednesday, Wal-Mart opened a smaller store in the West Loop, in the Presidential Towers.  This store will only be one-fourth of most traditional Wal-Mart supercenters.  They have plans of opening one more this year and several others in 2012 in other Chicago city locations.  Three-Fourths of the Presidential Towers store location is filled with grocery items, the other fourth holds convenience items, such as toiletries, pet products and office supplies.  It doesn’t have a full deli or bakery, but has some deli items and baked goods.  As expected, moving to the city doesn’t provide many parking options; the store has a few dedicated spots, but no big lot like its larger locations.  Residents of Presidential Towers have a separate entrance; this helps to protect the safety of the building.  Wal-Mart made this move because they felt like they had exhausted their suburban and rural areas and were looking for a way to boost sales.  Looks like running errands on lunch just got easier for people who work in the West Loop.

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