Alderman: Wal-Mart Wouldn’t Fit In Logan Square

CHICAGO (CBS) — Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno (1st) said Tuesday that Wal-Mart would be an ill-fitting addition to his ward, and says he told the retailer as much.

Moreno said Wal-Mart approached him sometime back about the possibility of opening a smaller-footprint store in the shuttered former Dearborn Wholesale Grocery building at 2274 N. Milwaukee Ave., and he “emphatically” gave the retailer his opinion on that idea.

“I was frank with them, and said my vision for Milwaukee Avenue is not to have a big-box store located in that facility,” Moreno said.

He says the retailer has not contacted him since.

Wal-Mart would not be able to move into the location without gutting the building, cutting curbs and making other changes that would require aldermanic approval, Moreno said.

He said he would like to see the retailer focusing on the “food deserts” in which the city estimates 550,000 residents of Chicago live.

“I don’t have a food desert,” Moreno said.

In fact, a locally-owned produce store is already located right around the corner from the building Wal-Mart was looking at, and some locally-oriented grocery stores that “fit the vision” for Milwaukee Avenue have expressed interest in the old Dearborn grocery space since Wal-Mart, Moreno said.

“I’m not going to say Wal-Mart doesn’t have a place in the world, but I would need to see a very, very strong argument to see that that place is in the 1st Ward,” Moreno said, noting that Aldi, Target and Jewel are already located in the ward.

A possible Wal-Mart in the ward has been a hot topic on Facebook. In just one day, a Facebook group dedicated to stopping a Wal-Mart from moving into the neighborhood has attracted more than 350 members who want to be sure the retailer doesn’t move into Logan Square.

“Wal-Mart doesn’t have a reputation for being a good neighbor, and we’re not about to roll out the welcome mat for a company that is going to harm the people or small businesses of our neighborhood,” said Kathleen Duffy, organizer of the group “NO Wal-Mart in Logan Square.”

Wal-Mart has officially announced finalized plans for six new stores of varying sizes in the city — five of them on the South and Southwest sides, and one in the Presidential Towers complex on the Near West Side.

The retailer has also presented plans for a Wal-Mart Market store focused primarily on groceries in the East Lakeview neighborhood, which has itself drawn heated opposition from neighbors.

Opponents of Wal-Mart in East Lakeview are continuing their organizing efforts this week by hosting a free screening of the documentary “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices” Wednesday evening at the Landmark Century Cinema, located at 2828 N. Clark St. just half a block from the proposed Wal-Mart site.

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  • cappy

    Personally I think the land area is large enough to fit a Wal-Mart, and we all not the corrupt politicians pockets are big enough to fit the cash that will be needed to line them to make this happen. You really think it matters what the people that LIVE there think….

  • Tobey

    I live here, and my alderman knows well what our community does and does not want: we do not want a Wal-Mart in Logan Square.

  • Jennifer

    I live in logan, too. Definitely do NOT want a Walmart. There are already plenty of big box stores on Elston.



  • unknown

    whats the big difference between walmart and target?

    • kw

      There isn’t….and there’s already a Target in the Ward….why add more and more and more big box. Moreno is right, they need to focus on the food deserts.

  • kw

    Logan doesn’t want the WAL-MART!

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  • Attrill

    I live just around the corner from there and DO NOT want a Wal-Mart going in there. Also, there is no way there is enough room for a Wal-Mart there. Just take a look at that lot on Google Maps and then pan over to see how much more space it takes just to fit the CVS, Walgreens, and Aldi’s down the street. They’re on much larger lots. If you look at Costco, Target, Home Depot, and other box stores nearby they’re on lots that are about 8-10 times as large as that one. No way it would fit.

  • unknown

    @kw my point is…how com people dont make this much fuss when it comes to target. target does not have any unions also majority of their workers are paid minimum wage or barely above. yet targets are popping up left and right, theres hardly a debate or community iunput when they set up shop.

    • T

      What you may see in Chicago is a little known technique called mis-information and dis-information and they are part of information warfare.

      What is going to have to happen is the community needs to meet and vote on this in some manner, and keep anyone without a picture ID, showing that they live in the area out of the meeting.

      Just a hunch but it sounds like Target may be mobilizing the unions against Walmart, or at least the unions mobilizing against Walmart but not Target for some unknown reason.

  • unknown

    meant to say *input

  • smartalyk

    Walmart costs the community jobs because it will force so many other locally owned businesses to close. So you want to replace good jobs where the money stays in the community with minimum wage Walmart jobs where the money flows into the pockets of wall street investors or the super-rich Walton family?

  • Native Chicagoan

    Why not put a Wal Mart in Back of the yards or Pilsen? there’s a lot of dead factory area there. Tear ’em down and throw in a Walmart. Why overcrowd Logan Square area? Bcuz it’s sexier and the forgotten blue collar neighborhoods are just that and no more.

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  • terry

    nancy reagan started ,”just say no ” ,walmart wouldnt be a problem in Chicago if Da Mayor said the same thing instead of using Her genatelia

  • maid in usa

    bcz wal mart buy thing’s from china and sell chip are money go’s to over there not in us dum poepl

  • jack

    JOE did the unions get to you or are you practicing transparency with union help just asking? hang in there walmart will come up a better deal and everbody will be happy HAPPY CICO DE MAYO


    No walmart!

  • Bob Hamilton

    He must be loco in the head.

  • Bob Hamilton

    Proco is loco.

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  • JT

    the hate for Walmart is based in reactionary leftism, marching in lockstep with the union bosses. People in Logan Sq don’t want to save money? BS!! I grew up in LS and I can tell you, they would rather go there than spend $5 for a $2 Totino’s frozen pizza, or $6 for a bunch of bananas.

    Glad I left the city, I was afraid the stupidity was contagious. It is. The hypocrisy is also. So, little minions, continue to fritter away your hard-earned cash needlessly. Those of us in the next county are very happy to have some options when it comes to saving money. Chicagoans still deserve the theft, graft, and foolishness they keep voting into office time after time.

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