Poll: Will Walmart Flourish on the North Shore?
Patch readers have plenty of opinions about the potential of the North Shore’s first Walmart.
There is no shortage of opinion from Patch readers about the North Shore’s first potential Walmart store on Skokie Valley Road just south of Dundee Road in Northbrook.
There has also been a history of retail failure by mass merchandisers in this area dating to the time Sears was the western anchor of Northbrook Court. The location did not last for the company which was then the country’s largest retailer.
J.C. Penny followed Sears in the location and did not last long. Marshall Field & Co. came next and it or its successor, Macy’s, has been there ever since. Patch wants to know if its readers think Walmart will be successful in the neighborhood.
Patch has published an unscientific poll beneath this story. Please take a second to fill it out and feel free to continue leaving your comments. The results will be published next week.
Successful or not, readers have strong opinions about whether the store should be on the North Shore at all. T.J. Wheeler sees it as a welcome improvement over the Highland Park Target store.
“We need this in Northbrook, especially east Northbrook,” Wheeler wrote. “I loathe the Highland Park Target (mostly due to the clientele—the employees are cool). I hope the Village Trustees in Northbrook don't block this like they blocked the Costco going in 10 years ago.”
Beth Preis is happy with Costco’s area locations and is not thrilled about Walmart, “We have Costco,” she wrote. “We don't need 6000 more cars, pollution increased and more congestion.”
Jab Zion is a reader who is ready to shop locally rather than existing Walmart locations. “I wish that people who live around here would give up on the so called "north shore tag"...a store like Walmart would be awesome,” he wrote.
Stuart Senescu does not like the idea. He is concerned about the congestion and the affect on other businesses in the area.
“Take a look at the backups on the exit/entrance ramp at Edens (and) Lake Cook and you will see the same at Dundee,” he wrote. “I suggest Northbrook look at the impact of a Super Walmart on sales being generated from the shopping center at Lake Cook/Skokie Hwy. Some of those stores will not survive competition from Walmart.”