Walmart has big plans for job creation in Illinois. The massive retailer just announced two new Chicago-area stores that will boost the company to the projected creation of 10,000 jobs in the area by 2015.
Walmart is planning the newly announced small and mid-size stores in the West Englewood community, which is reported to be the heart of a "food desert" and one of Chicago's most under-served communities by large grocery stores.
These new stores, combined with the company's existing projects, will create close to 1,000 new jobs and nearly 200 construction jobs. Walmart's currently slated openings in Chicago include the following:
- A Supercenter in Pullman at 111th St. and South Doty Ave. (opening spring 2013)
- A Supercenter in West Chatham at 83rd St. and Stewart Ave. (opening spring 2012)
- A Walmart Market in the West Loop at West Monroe St. and South Jefferson St. (opening fall 2011)
- A Walmart Market in West Englewood at West 76th St. and South Ashland Ave. (opening spring 2012)
- A Walmart Express in West Englewood at South Western Ave. and West 71st St. (opening winter 2012)
- A Walmart Express in West Chatham at 83rd St. and Stewart Ave. (opening summer 2011)
The Walmart Express stores are a relatively new concept. They'll be less than 30,000 square feet and will sell grocery, pharmacy and limited general merchandise. Walmart Market -- previously called Neighborhood Market -- will range in size from 30,000 to 60,000 square feet and provide a wider assortment of fresh groceries, as well as a bakery and delicatessen. The Walmart Supercenter is intended to be a one-stop shopping destination, offering full service grocery as well as a wide range of general merchandise.
In June 2010, Walmart announced the "Chicago Community Investment Partnership," a five-year plan to open several dozen stores, create approximately 10,000 jobs and 2,000 unionized construction jobs, generate more than $500 million in sales and property taxes and develop charitable partnerships worth $20 million.
"When I met with Walmart last year, I encouraged them to take an approach that addressed the needs of the urban shopper if they truly wanted to make a difference in our underserved neighborhoods," said Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. "Today, it appears that Walmart has done just that by creating smaller urban store formats that will better serve our communities."
Jobs at some of these stores won't be available for a year or two, but to find out about specific openings right now, visit the Walmart Careers site.
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