Congratulations, Lakeview! You're Getting a Wal-Mart!!!
By Chuck Sudo in News on Dec 9, 2010 8:00PM
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Naturally, this news isn't sitting well with the Lakeview proletariat. Already, a Facebook user named Bruce Alan Beal has set up a "Stop the Lakeview/Boystown Walmart" page, with 59 members and climbing.
A Wal-Mart spokesman said that the company is focused on opening the smaller neighborhood stores, ranging from 30,000 to 60,000 square feet in space. From a business perspective, it makes sense to open in a neighborhood not lacking for retail. But the upcoming backlash is gonna be something to see.
But think of the folks who are going to make a day of it in the city, shopping for $59 Blu-ray players, then heading north for some killer margaritas before taking in an early "Blue Man Group" show. We wonder how much of the opposition is because of Wal-Mart's reputation, and how much of it is because they want a wal-Mart anywhere but in Lakeview?