WalMart opened its second Chicago "SuperCenter" in the South Side Chatham neighborhood today, a 157,000 square foot store that will sell both general merchandise and a full line of groceries and produce. Chicago's first WalMart opened in the Austin neighborhood in 2006. That store changed to a SuperCenter in 2010.
The floodgates for WalMart in Chicago arguably opened in June 2010 with the building trades union agreement with the retailer to erect all northern Illinois WalMart stores for the following three years. The world's largest retailer has since opened a handful of smaller "market" and "express" stores throughout the city.