As controversy heats up over a possible Wal-Mart store in New York City, an alderman from the West Side of Chicago is telling New Yorkers that Wal-Mart is a “boon.”
Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) represents the ward with the only Wal-Mart store currently in operation within the Chicago city limits, at North and Kilpatrick avenues in the North Austin neighborhood.
In an op-ed this past Sunday in the New York Daily News, Mitts takes issue with a 2009 study by the University of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University. The study claimed the North Austin store has not increased retail opportunities or jobs since it opened in 2006.