Alderman Hairston,Sawyer,Jackson and Harris- It's Time For A Big Box on the Southeast Side

Alderman Hairston,Sawyer,Jackson and Harris- It's Time For A Big Box on the Southeast  Side

Now that Alderman Brookins has gotten his wishes for a Walmart that will primarily serve the southwest side and Alderman Beale, Foulkes and Thompson bringing Walmarts to their wards on the far south and far southwest sides, it leaves the southeast side with nothing.

sc2aSeveral years ago there was talk of a Super K-Mart store coming to 77th Stony Island. Several businesses in that area relocated and the land was sold to unnamed developers. Now a sign was erected marketing a 6 acre site that stretches from 77th Stony Island to 78th South Chicago. The site is attractive because it has two major roadways to direct traffic and access to the toll road that could bring in Indiana shoppers. There are several small building adjacent to this site that host relocatable businesses. So we have a site large enough for a big box player to come in. We will have more than enough Walmart's so hopefully the Alderman collectively could reach out to Mejeirs or Woodman's who do not have a presence in the city and bring some competition to the market.

sc3The Southeast Alderman need to support this site collectively as it borders on all their wards and could bring much needed jobs to their wards. Also, they are going to have to collectively work together to have the political muscle to convince their fellow city council members and the unions.

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  • You may want to check the "newest" trend. It's called shopping locally. I can recommend a good site to start your research, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).

    I don't know why we, Americans and particularly minorities, even wish for a WalMart or any other corporate chain. The jobs brought into the neighborhood are mostly minimum wage. WalMart has a terrible reputation when it comes to employees.

    The other point is that the money generated doesn't stay in the community. Corporations hav outgrown their britches. We need to do everything we can to encourage competition that brings the dollors back to the community instead of just sending them out to shareholders.

  • I agree with you on Walmart as we are now seeing the effect, in our community, they have on local business. But, I have local companies (i.e Reggio's pizza, Curt's BBQ sauce,etc) who need outlets for the products they produce and these companies provide those outlets. Lastly, when we have this much open and unused space that is providing no economic benefit we are doing our community a disservice.

  • In reply to Worlee:

    Can't argue with your logic but I do have a suggesstion. Like the comment at by livefreechicago, assist a community grocery or check with Glen Ford of Praxis. He is bringing locally supplied grocery stores to Chicago and other cities.

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    Actually the Wal Mart is coming to the 17th Ward of Alderman Thomas, not the 16th Ward where the alderman is Thompson.

  • Does Alderman Jackson even live in Chicago? Why not assist a person in setting up their own grocery and make it independent? The population is there to justify such a store.

  • In reply to livefreechicago:

    Yes, Alderman Jackson lives in Chicago if you are referring to Sandy Jackson, Alderman of the 7th Ward where I live. I believe their home is in the 7th Ward.

  • In reply to livefreechicago:

    That's an old tired argument and frankly irrelevant. The voters of the 7th ward voted her back in office. Let's be frank about "African American" grocers. Mr. Leonard Harris, the last African American grocer in Chicago, sold Chatham Food Market because his market share dropped from 7% to 3%. Also, African American did not support the other African American owned grocery store on 47th Ashland. So we have punted on the grocery stores and this is beating a dead horse in a ground. We have even given up on small grocers such as Village Foods in Hyde Park in favor of Whole Foods.

  • If we stick on black owned or not, customer service and quality are always a concern. That is a long conversation right there. Myself, i would rather shop on the south side than having to travel downtown or to the burbs for anything. And yes, I still question how many days a week Ald Jackson is in Chicago and does she still expense her travel to and from DC to the taxpayers. That is a valid question.

  • It must have been a LONG Nap to wake up in this 21st Century slavery where majority Black communities with the God given power to do for themselves must depend on others outside our community to provide our food clothing and shelter. Black banks have just handed over a BILLION dollar consumer power because they no longer want to service poor people thus the creation of currency exchanges where for the most part we watch the billions "exchanged" everyday right out of our communities and then we turn around and have community meetings on the lack of access to capital.

    Now here we are on the 90th year anniversary of the 1921 Race Riots that destroyed the original Black Wall Street District of Tulsa Oklahoma where Black people back then claimed just 35 city blocks are used their consumer spending power to grow their own food, make their own clothes, build their own homes, created their own bank and had a self sustained majority black community and 90 years later we have to wait on a Wal Mart to bring us fresh fruits and vegetables that we used to provide for ourselves. We sit around majority Black communities with enough vacant land to grown our own community gardens and create thousands of jobs for ourselves but CAN'T. Where did we go to sleep and just LOSE our sense of self sufficiency and with over a TRILLION DOLLAR consumer spending power are STILL begging others to come to our communities to provide resources for us that we used to do for ourselves. Black stores close with Black owners and then THRIVE when others come to the exact same site is amazing. What kind of history is this?

    Finally, here we are now about to go and celebrate the new Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King memorial in Washington DC and for what? Here's hoping that maybe now after all these years we can truly celebrate Dr. king by going back to the last campaign he had in Chicago. The SCLC leased a building on 79th & Halsted called the Capital Theater and Dr. King brought his Chicago staff there to start his last program called Operation Breadbasket with a young organizer named Jesse Jackson and started an economic empowerment campaign for Blacks and poor people to use their consumer power to keep their money within their own communities to keep an economic base to build their own majority ethnic communities with goods and resources provided from within their own communities. What happened to that.

    Best wishes on our current economic empowerment fights, and here's to wishing we would get back to the BLACK economic empowerment days of old.

  • Your post is a good one but let me share some knowledge with you. First of all, banks for years REFUSED to come to the hood, let's keep it real. Blacks have had the money to run, operate and own banks. Hundreds of millions have slipped through our fingers. Do not get that twisted. Many black politicians are poverty pimps and have and continue to make sure that their famillies are taken care of and fed. I will not list any names but you know who the players are. Lets just go back 10 years with this, affirmative action, no bid contracts. We get them and do what exactly with them? We mess each other over is what we do. I would like to stop shopping downtown and in the burbs but whenever I go in the area, either bad service or things I want, unable to find. Tell me where I can get a fresh white or blue shirt for work on the south side and not risk getting robbed or confronted with poor service? My dad tells me of times in the 60's it was not a problem but now it is. That is just one example. Most black owned stores do not even take debit or credit, and do not even bother to ask for the website. I feel your pain but this is 2011 and it is not even close to getting better.

  • Geez, what a load. The dude who owned Chatham Food could have fought a little bit for his client, by offering them things that Jewel and Dominick don't. Also they were kind of mean in that store, I never got the feeling they were happy to see me or my money in there.

    But the bigger deal is that we have to stop doing business in the way that we do and start more cooperative ventures which benefit the community when it comes to service and more importantly wages (which will get much better service) a big box is not going to give us that. They are going to have the same 'go south' service and pay that every business in the community has. Are we actually ready to do something different?

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