Do you go to Walmart or to the gaudy variety store? Well, this is the question that residents are facing and it appears that Walmart is becoming the lesser of the evils.
Walmart coming to the community was not overwhelmingly accepted and neither was the sign laden store at 336 E. 95th Street. The Walmart was controversial for a number of reasons but in the end a agreement was made with the unions to allow the store to open. The variety/convenience store opened up in a space that was previously occupied by a popular restaurant that was not able to make it work at that location. Neighbors have complained about the number of large signs affixed to the building. the signs have been described as gaudy, unsightly and disrepectful. Several residents state that the City of Chicago would not allow this type of signage in Lincoln Park, Ravenswood,or other areas north of this location. The Alderman's office stated they have reported the building to the appropriate city agency to have the signs removed.
So has Walmart's presence scared shop owners to go to extremes to attract business?