Today, April 11th, Walmart announced that it was folding half it its Chicago stores.  No doubt Walmart execs saw the Chicago mayor’s race.  They have some pretty bright people at Walmart’s corporate offices, but it doesn’t take 20 years’ experience and a MBA from Columbia Business School to know that the endemic crime in the Windy City is only going to grow under the new Mayor “Let’s go Brandon” Johnson.

Here, from the horse’s mouth with some comments

Today we have made the difficult decision to close four of our stores in Chicago.

Difficult but not impossible.  At some point you have to stop the bleeding or you’ll lose the patient. 

The decision to close a store is never easy. The impact is greater than just closing a building. It affects people — people who work in, shop in and live in communities near our stores — and we never take that lightly. Treating people and communities with respect and compassion during this transition will guide everything we do.

Respect and compassion.  Ironic, considering the prolific shrinkage that occurred at these locations…  That and stores getting trashed and looted to the studs during the 2020 riots in Chicago.

Having an active role in the community is especially important to us. We are proud of our neighborhood investments through local events like Christmas in the Wards, the Always Giving Back Foundation Bike Giveaway, ChiGives Back MLK Day, the Bud Billiken Day Parade and more. We will continue working with local organizations, creating solutions to challenges faced by the city and country, including racial inequity and food deserts. We continue to help create and expand job opportunities and will leverage our resources to help strengthen the community, especially those underserved.

In other words, despite all the money we gave away to garner favor among residents of the neighborhoods where we did business, there were still an abundance of people robbing us blind.  The rest of this is just politically correct word salad with some DEI buzzwords sprinkled on top.

We know the community will have questions about why we are closing these locations.

It doesn’t take a degree in rocket surgery.  Visit this link for lots of pictures we don’t have permission to reprint.  And the prolific daily thefts.  Who knew you could provide a tens of thousands in free merch to those stealing each and every day and stick around.

The simplest explanation is that collectively our Chicago stores have not been profitable since we opened the first one nearly 17 years ago – these stores lose tens of millions of dollars a year, and their annual losses nearly doubled in just the last five years. The remaining four Chicago stores continue to face the same business difficulties, but we think this decision gives us the best chance to help keep them open and serving the community.

Over the years, we have tried many different strategies to improve the business performance of these locations, including building smaller stores, localizing product assortment and offering services beyond traditional retail. We have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the city, including $70 million in the last couple years to upgrade our stores and build two new Walmart Health facilities and a Walmart Academy training center.

It was hoped that these investments would help improve our stores’ performance. Unfortunately, these efforts have not materially improved the fundamental business challenges our stores are facing.

The fundamental business challenges:  THEFT.

Community and city leaders have been open and supportive as we met with them over the years to share these challenges. As we looked for solutions, it became even more clear that for these stores, there was nothing leaders could do to help get us to the point where they would be profitable.

I’m sure the local leaders were keenly interested in keeping the stores.  There are good people living in these neighborhoods.  Unfortunately, there are also gang members and other criminals.  And between the State’s Attorney unwilling to prosecute retail theft cases, and members of the community providing shelter to habitual offenders, nothing was going to change…  And after Johnson’s election, the only change is going to be things getting even worse!

With that in mind, we have made the difficult decision to close these underperforming stores in Chicago. The following stores will close to the public by Sunday, April 16:

  • #5781 Chatham Supercenter, the Walmart Health center, and the Walmart Academy, 8431 S. Stewart Ave. 
  • #3166 Kenwood Neighborhood Market, 4720 S. Cottage Grove Ave. 
  • #5645 Lakeview Neighborhood Market, 2844 N. Broadway St. 
  • #5646 Little Village Neighborhood Market, 2551 W. Cermak Road 

Given how Walmart has sunk $170 million into these eight locations and NONE of them are profitable, look for them to shudder the remaining stores soon.  It’s just common sense.

11 thoughts on “VOTING WITH THEIR FEET: Walmart closes HALF of its Chicago stores, citing losses”
  1. They are closing for one reason only – a certain thieving demographic that creates the same issues everywhere.

    Anyone catch the story about another of these darlings that rang up $1000 worth of groceries at a Target in Ohio, and then demanded that reparations pay the bill? Long story short, it got belligerent, lunged at a security person, and got knocked the F right out – one punch.

  2. That would be “shutter” the remaining stores.
    Heard today that Brandon Johnson blames businesses for the crime in Chitcago, as they don’t pay the proper taxes, so there is not the money to deal with it.
    Can’t make this crap up.

    1. These stores weren’t paying the “proper taxes?” No problem… they’ll close down, and then they’ll be paying the proper taxes… zero!!

  3. I know a lot of good black folks. There are a lot. Unfortunately all the shitbirds get all the press

    1. All it takes is for the good people to get together to demand law and order from the degenerate ones as the younger ones are at a stage to be disciplined. Too many young are raised by single mothers or grandparents who have no concept of discipline or they don’t have time because of too many kids and not enough income, “sperm donors” who have no concept how to raise a family, or don’t care about the sexual conquest after pregnancy, whose idea of “manhood” is procreating with as many “baby-mamas” as will have them, one night, one week, or one month. Just a “feral” mentality, like un-spayed or un-neutered ally felines. America’s “inner cities” education institutions are failures in more ways than can be imagined.

    2. “All it takes is for the good people to get together to demand law and order from the degenerate ones as the younger ones are at a stage to be disciplined. ”

  4. Walmart will close all their stores soon. Forcing regular people to shop elsewhere. And thieves to steal elsewhere. Unfortunately that will mean both groups. Going outside the city. In increasing numbers.

    1. Nah, they’ll refocus their “work” on other chains like Target first. Then the smaller, mom and pop stores.

  5. One thing that surprised me is that there are/were only eight of their stores in Chitcago. There are three just in the Champaign/Urbana/Savoy area, so that does not seem like a whole lot.
    Maybe they had premonitions that it wouldn’t work out, so didn’t want to open too many.

  6. It must be BAD there to only have eight stores in a city with six million people? Gipper’s right: they have three stores in Champaign-Urbana. Two in Bloomington. Two in Peoria (Four if you count nearby towns), Same in Decatur. Until Chicago decides they don’t want crime, they’ll get more of it.

  7. Is this the same Walmart that caved to the Moms who get no action and stopped selling ammo in 5.56 / .223 , 7.62 X 39 , and all handgun ammo ? They also decided to virtue signal by jumping on the BLM fraud movement and now it’s the embrace the trans / sexual confusion movement and celebrate it. I guess when it’s cutting into THEIR dollars they want to bail. Why not continue with the groveling to the left and the certain people that inhabit these hoods and stay open no matter what ? I don’t think they’ll be covering that in a press conference.

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