By : BV Staff
The new WalMart Express located in River North neighborhood is a 16, 000 square feet location which features groceries, a pharmacy and “ ready-to-eat” meals kiosk placed perfectly in the path of incoming walking traffic from the Chicago Avenue side of the building. Less than 35 feet from the Brown line Chicago Avenue platform on Franklin & Chicago you will find the only entrance. More than 50 employees will work at this location year-round. Unlike the traditional 186,000 square feet superstores you typically find in the suburbs, you will only find items such as produce, meat products, frozen food, personal care, home and convenience items that you would find at bargain chains like Family Dollar or Dollar General.
For more affluent neighbors from River North,this gives a chance to be more competitive with there purchasing power , but for those that are the last remaining residence from the once famous Cabrini-Green neighborhood located within 3 city blocks, this can equal a sign of hope for those that live on fixed incomes like the elderly. Like so many Chicagoans, this is as much a opportunity (less expenses prices) as well as curse (impacting local mom & pops) for those that live in the River North area to get better priced goods even if only a few cents cheaper than a comparable purchase at a seven-eleven mini-mart when the citywide sales tax rate currently stands at 9.75 percent.
After visiting the River North Walmart Express over the last 5 days since its grand opening to the public, I have purchased many products that are comparable to those at retail locations (Seven Eleven, CVS, Wal Greens, Family Dollar, etc) that have profited on convenience ( location, after-hours, limited selection) of a few products instead of customer selection. This third Walmart Express is apart of WalMart Corporation testing its new “Express Mini-Marts” concept stores specifically for urban markets that are between 14,000 to 21, 000 square feet.
The official address is 225 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Ilinois 60654 .