Walmart recently opened a grocery store in Presidential Towers, just south of IRI and just across from Pepsi Quaker Tropicana Gatorade headquarters.
There was a long invocation by a local priest, which I watched from outside. Then the new employees went outside and did the Walmart song, clapping all the way with the enthusiasm of being both new and on-camera for the local media. Then the store opened.
It’s a nice grocery store. It replaces an independent (Presidential Market). I don’t know whether Presidential Market got pushed out by Walmart, or whether the opening of both a Jewel and Dominicks nearby had already cut too much into their business. All 3 stores are there because of the large increase in residential population in the near west side over the last 10 years or so.