Walmart shuttering three Chicagoland locations
Company cites underperformance as catalyst in decision
No more doorbusters in three suburban Chicago Walmart stores, instead just locked doors for good.
The retail giant recently announced plans to close a pick-up-only store prototype in Lincolnwood and two conventional stores in Plainfield and Homewood, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The Lincolnwood store at 6840 North McCormick Boulevard, was one of the first locations where Walmart tried a pickup and delivery-only model when it opened in 2019. It will cease operations by Feb. 17.
Walmart will also close a store at 12690 South Route 59 in Plainfield and one at 17550 South Halsted Street in Homewood. Those locations will remain open until March 10. The Plainfield store has been open for at least 15 years and the one in Homewood has been open since 2017.
The retailer said the decision to close the stores came after a “thorough review process” found the stores weren’t performing as well as others.
The Walmart stores in Skokie, about a mile from the Lincolnwood store, and six other Supercenters in a 10-mile radius will remain open and employees for the closing locations will be able to transfer to other stores.
Homewood’s Mayor Rich Hofeld said in a statement posted to the village’s Facebook page that the community was surprised by the closure and officials “will work with the property owner to fill the space as soon as possible.”
Walmart has nearly 5,000 stores across the country, including approximately 180 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in the state of Illinois.
The retail giant isn’t the only one calling it quits in the Chicago area. This week, Bed, Bath & Beyond announced a slew of nationwide store closures. That includes its location at Chicago Ridge Mall, where owner Starwood Retail Partners faces an impending loan maturity it’s already put off once.
The Chicago Ridge store that spans about 70,000 square feet is one of five stores closing in the Windy City’s suburbs as the retail chain tries to avoid Chapter 11 bankruptcy and Starwood’s new debt due date approaches.
— Victoria Pruitt