By year's end Shirley Bryant could have a grocery store in walking distance from her Auburn Gresham home.And this of course is certainly a good thing:
That new grocery store is a 42,942-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market store at the corner of 76th Street and Ashland Avenue.
"I can't wait until Walmart opens. I won't have to go a long way to find a grocery store that sells everything I eat like fruit, vegetables and choice meats at prices I can afford," said Bryant, a 33-year resident. "For seniors like me that's important."
A Tuesday groundbreaking was held for the new store, which could be completed by December. Officials with Wal-mart Stores Inc. said the Walmart opening will create 130 new jobs.
The presence of a Walmart store could also put pressure on other local businesses to do right by the community, said state Sen. Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago), whose district includes the store site.
"I literally live less than two blocks away from here. I hope that this new Walmart store puts all those convenience stores that do not hire people from the community but sells drug paraphernalia on notice," Collins said. "Those businesses need to get their act together if the want the community to support them."