Saturday, May 26, 2012
Wal-Mart Comes to Chicago
For many years Wal-Mart has been effectively frozen out of Chicago because of pro-union protests. Recently, however, opposition must have softened because now there are some Wal-Marts or "Express" versions located in the city core. This store just opened in River North and I must admit I was very excited to see it arrive.
The store has groceries and household goods. It is very compact and, per expectation, all the prices seem very reasonable. They have private-label brands that are significantly cheaper even than the already reduced prices on "name" brands. I tried a new laundry detergent because it was about 1/2 the price of what I usually pay, what the heck. Their check out lines were well-manned in addition to a large number of self-checkout kiosks - often in Chiago there is a fiasco as you try to leave the store with one hapless employee trying to mediate between 10 failed self-checkouts going simultaneously.
You can also order goods online and they will be shipped to the store at no charge to you - you just get an email when they arrive. I am plotting at what to order online - for me in the city, if I can't walk to it, it is an immense pain to drive - so this is a big luxury.