Walmart is determined to continue efforts to build new stores in the Chicago area in order to help create jobs, stimulate local economic development, provide residents with fresh food and to help all Chicagoans save money and live better. We need more Walmarts, and the benefits they offer, in Chicago.
Good Jobs in Chicago
Walmart is Illinois’ number one private employer, and is the largest employer of African-Americans, Hispanics and seniors nationwide. In fact, more than 2,300 Chicago residents work at Walmart stores in the Chicagoland area – nearly 1,900 now travel to Walmart stores in the suburbs. In the state of Illinois, Walmart employs 48,659 associates at 98 Supercenters, 50 Discount Stores, 28 Sam’s Clubs and 5 Distribution Centers.
Walmart offers employees competitive compensation, health care coverage, paid sick and personal leave, bonus incentives, merchandise discounts, and 401(k) options—adding up to one of the best benefits packages in the retail industry.
Better Food for Chicago Families
Building a new Walmart in Chicago will alleviate the food desert by increasing the accessibility of healthier foods in the Chicago area for all families and residents.
It’s essential that all residents of Chicago have access to fresh groceries, and Walmart has provided families of Chicago with healthier fresh foods.
Obesity, diabetes and heart diseases are growing at alarming rates in these areas, and access to fresh, healthy food is key to tackling these diseases.
More Choices for Chicagoans
Within Walmart stores, there are endless choices for consumers of products to choose from giving them an abundance of variety and ensure they are getting the best value.
Having an accessible Walmart in the area allows residents to have an alternative of where to shop, essentially making prices more competitive in favor of consumers.
A Boost to the Local Economy
Walmart provides the lowest prices and a community shopping alternative; and each store creates more than 300 new jobs, generating millions in new sales tax revenues for the City and County, encouraging economic development and provides financial assistance for community organizations.
In 2008, nearly $500 million was spent in suburban Walmart stores by city of Chicago residents. It’s no wonder the City is having trouble balancing its checkbook.
In FYE 2010, Walmart spent $21,150,852,272 for merchandise and services with 2,585 suppliers in the state of Illinois. As a result of our relationship with these businesses, Walmart supports 149,038 supplier jobs in the state of Illinois.
Walmart is actively engaged in seeking new partnerships with Chicago companies to put Chicago-made products on its shelves.
Taxes and Revenue for the City of Chicago
A new Walmart store on the South Side could mean more money for the city of Chicago:
- In FYE 2010, Walmart collected more than $546.9 million in sales taxes on behalf of the state of Illinois.
- In FYE 2010, Walmart paid more than $115.7 million in state and local revenues in Illinois.
Over the last 5 years, Walmart has contributed over $6 million to Chicago charitable institutions including the Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Food Depository, National Museum of Mexican Art, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Chicago Children’s Hospital, Chicago City Colleges, After School Matters, Urban League, Museum of Science & Industry and the Chicago Public Library.
Chicago donations 2010-2011
Women’s Business Development Center – $50,000
Chicago Public Library Foundation – $70,000
Bethel New Life – $25,000
American Indian Center of Chicago – $33,200
In Search of Genius – $70,000
America Scores Chicago – $25,000
By the Hand Club for Kids – $50,000
Chicago Theatre Group – $25,000
Children’s Memorial Hospital – $72,200
Parkways Foundation – $50,000
Share our Strength – $125,000
Illinois donations 2010-2011
Illinois Coalition for Community Services – $25,000
Northern Illinois Food Bank – $110,000
Rockford Life Center – $53,000
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois – $75,000
St. Louis Area Foodbank – $50,000
Mattoon Community Food Center – $25,000
American Red Cross – Illinois Capital Chapter – $91,000
Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry – $25,000
Schaumburg Township Human Services Fund – $41,000