BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores here said last week it plans to open “several dozen” stores “of varying size and format” in the Chicago area during the next five years. “This will not only address Chicago's double-digit commercial vacancy rate but, more importantly, provide customers with more convenient access to affordable groceries, especially those 600,000 residents living within Chicago's three, self-identified food deserts,” the company said in a prepared statement. Wal-Mart ...
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