Report: Wal-Mart plans 5 South Side stores
October 14, 2006 (WLS) -- After opening their first store in Chicago last month, there are new details on Wal-Mart's plans to build five more stores in Chicago. Crain's Chicago Business is reporting that the retail giant wants to build at several sites on the South Side.
When Chicago's first Wal-Mart, 4650 W. North Ave., opened last month it was hard to find anyone from the neighborhood who wasn't happy the retail giant moved in. More than 15,000 people applied for 400 new jobs and thousands of excited shoppers packed the store on the opening day.
Now Wal-Mart is hoping a similar scene will unfold on the South Side.
There are five potential sites for a new store, 47th and State, 63rd and Halsted, 63rd and State, 83rd and Stewart, and 111th and the Bishop Ford.
Neighbors ABC7 spoke with Saturday are overwhelmingly in support of a Wal-Mart coming to a possible location at 63rd and Halsted
"All the stuff that's going on out here, it ain't good, so we do need a place where people can apply," said Yvonne Sanchez, a neighbor who said she would apply.
"I think it'd be more jobs for the kids, the younger people in this area," said Lizzie Parham, neighbor.
Alderman Shirley Coleman says the location is ideal for residents in her ward who don't have many shopping options.
"We're tired of going to the suburbs. We want to work and shop in our own community. The land is available," said Ald. Shirley Coleman, 16th Ward.
Coleman originally voted for the city council's living wage ordinance but then switched sides after Mayor Daley vetoed the bill.
"I was pleased to join the mayor in the veto. We want to see something happen. We can't talk about livable wage if we don't have any jobs," said Coleman.
Mayor Daley said Saturday he would welcome other big-box retailers on the South Side as well.
"There's only certain locations you can build, JC Penny, Target, Home Depot, you could go on and on and name them," the mayor said.
A spokesperson for Wal-Mart says, in the next few months, plans for a South Side location may become more clear. No sites are currently under contract.
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