This article basically shows how people view the effects of Wal-Mart, when it comes into a new location. I think that Wal-Mart should not be in Lakeview, but I do think going into lower income areas is good for Wal-Mart. Lakeview is an already established area with many small businesses and larger stores that have become part of the neighborhood. Wal-Mart, because of its large big box style, can take on all of those stores and close them down…causing lots of jobs to be lost.
Lakeview East community members, union representatives and local labor organizations on Thursday rallied against a proposed Wal-Mart store that they said would send local shops out of business.
The proposed 32,000-square-foot store would move into the first floor of the Broadway at Surf building. It would share the building with Beth Bath & Beyond and T.J. Maxx.
Mark Thomas, owner of The Alley Stores, was among the about 20 people who stood in front of building on North Broadway Street to increase awareness to their cause.
Thomas said he has been a retailer and manufacturer in Lakeview for more than 30 years.
“I don’t need to see a study to know what happens when a national chain moves in,” he said, adding that when a Designer Shoe Warehouse opened in Lakeview, five locally owned shoe stores closed.
Bruce Alan Beal, owner of a 30-unit condominium, worries that Wal-Mart would not stop at 32,000 square feet and would try to run T.J. Maxx and Bed Bath & Beyond out of the building.
“Wal-Mart will hurt the community,” he said.
Ald. Tom Tunney has that he is considering an amendment that would change the building’s code to limit the size of retailers moving there to 25,000 square feet.