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PHOTOS: Walmart Opens Today on North Broadway

After heated debates and months on construction, the new Walmart Neighborhood Market is officially open in Lake View. See photos of the finished grocery store here.

Along with a store in Little Village and Back of the Yards, Walmart opened its new Neighborhood Market in Lake View today, making it one of 4 in Chicago and 230 in the United States.

Walmart employees opened its doors Tuesday evening to the media and neighborhood officials to get a pre-grand opening sneak peek. However, the store is open to customers this morning starting at 6 a.m.

Located at 2844 N. Broadway near Diversey Parkway, the store will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., with slightly altered hours for the store’s pharmacy. And at more than 30,000-square-feet, the massive grocery store is more than double the size of neighboring Trader Joe’s just two blocks away.

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George Heitz January 16, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Bye Bye Trader Joe's!
TheDoctor1963 January 16, 2013 at 04:51 PM
I wouldn't bid farewell to Trader Joe's just yet. The produce or meats at Wal-mart are not exactly top quality. God only knows where they get the meat from ;)
garry albrecht January 16, 2013 at 05:05 PM
I hope for the best on this - 2 in LakeView. I wonder what Treasure Island's reaction was when Jewel opened just a block away along Broadway in the day?
The Truth January 16, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Yeah! Look at that fresh produce! No more $11 salad from Freshii, rotten onions from Jewel or overpriced non-spoiled veggies from Whole Foods. Treasure Island is freezer burn city. Yes they have "everything" but it's been there for at least a year. Shake the bag and sing along with the ice chunks.
Sarah Gottesman January 16, 2013 at 06:54 PM
I really hope that people who railed against WM coming into the neighborhood actually put their beliefs into action and don't support this store. WM destroys communities and small businesses, and I personally love East Lakeview just the way it is. I refuse to support a store that will do nothing but funnel money OUT of our neighborhood, rather than actually contributing to it.
Sarah Gottesman January 16, 2013 at 07:17 PM
If you have a right to state your opinion, then so do I. Your vitriol is unnecessary and way extreme. Relax.
Link N. Parker January 16, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Im not worried about Trader Joe's, because they sell unique goods that you cannot get at WM. Even if I lived accross the street from the WM, I would still go to TJ's. The one store, however, that is at risk is the Marketplace on Diversey. Now THAT is a family owned business that most likely will go out of business as a result of this store opening. But then again, they operated successfully even during the decades that Dominicks had that store on Broadway that eventually burned down in 2005. I think the key here, is to understand that the eastern part of Lakeview (and Lincoln park) has a high amount of density, and therefore there needs to be more than one grocery store operating to serve everyone's needs...otherwise you would wait in line for hours at the checkout counter.
Jean Ambrosius January 16, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Agreed. I think it looks great. More choices, more happy people.
gerald spencer January 17, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Amen.
gerald spencer January 17, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Good points, smart thinking. People do have their preferences and some markets provide those preferences while others do not. I wish the Marketplace on Diversey good luck, they have a special location and staying power. The density of population and of population types is important; they will determine the longevity of the "little guys."
Bruce Wayne January 17, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Not so sure about that ... Walmart is still, well, Walmart.
Robert Salm January 17, 2013 at 08:59 PM
The Marketplace. What's that? Oh yeah. The place that gets away with charging $4 for a generic brand gallon of milk. The place that sells bottles of salad dressing averaging upwards of $5. The place that charges $4 for a loaf of Brownberry bread. The place that once charged me $9 for seven slices of roast beef. I won't miss them at all.

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