NEW YORK — Walmart on Wednesday opened its second supercenter in Chicago.
The opening of the 157,000-sq.-ft. store, located on the city's South Side, followed the resolution of a seven-year battle between the retailer and the city’s labor unions and community activists. But sentiment changed as the recession-weakened economy and high unemployment supported Walmart's case for opening stores in Chicago that would create jobs and bring in sales tax revenue. The chain also agreed to pay Chicago employees at least $8.75 an hour, which is 50 cents above Illinois' minimum wage.
Walmart slated to open a third supercenter in Chicago next year, on the city’s Far South Side.