It’s time to see whether Walmart’s planned invasion expansion into Chicago will be a boon for cost-conscious citizens or the beginning of the end of days. The very first urban Walmart Express store opens today in Chatham at the corner of 83rd Street and Stewart Avenue. The largest retailer in the world is testing out this new smaller model before it opens four other locations in the city. Normally, we wouldn’t care about these sorts of things, but the Express store format could radically change the grocery scene in Chicago. Here’s what you can expect.
What You Need to Know about Walmart Express
• Food and drink items will make up about two-thirds of the inventory.
• For some reason, Crain’s reports that there will be “46 different kinds of peanut butter and jelly.” Now you know.
• North Side residents might not make it down to the Chatham location, but don’t worry; accordingly to the Tribune, a Wrigleyville location at Broadway and Addison is “scheduled to open later this year.”
• Each express store will sell chilled beverages, meaning that residents will have a new option for liquor, beer, and wine.
• Express stores will range in size from 10,000 to 15,000 square feet, which is approximately one-tenth the size of a normal Walmart.
Wal-Mart opens South Side Express store, takes aim at city rivals [Crain’s]
First Walmart Express to open Wednesday [Chicago Tribune]