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Walmart Seeks Northbrook Location

A 15 acre lot in east Northbrook could feature a 24-hour supercenter if the Village Trustees approve the world's largest retailer's request to rezone the space and develop a new store.

A proposed 24-hour Walmart Supercenter in Northbrook could create between 300 and 350 jobs on the North Shore and generate between $1 and $2 million in revenue for the Village, according to information which came out at a Village Board meeting Tuesday.

More than 100 people turned out for the meeting and most of them were there for the nearly 90-minute presentation by Walmart representatives for the proposed location at 1000 Skokie Blvd., south of Dundee Road.

Earlier: Walmart Shows Interest in Northbrook

The closest Walmart stores to Deerfield and Highland Park are currently in Buffalo Grove and Vernon Hills.

Should the Village grant Walmart’s request to rezone the property from its current office space use to retail, the store would occupy 15 acres of the 18-acre tract, according to Northbrook Village staff. The developer wants to rezone the entire property with the potential for future commercial development on the leftover land. 

If Walmart decides to proceed with its application process, its proposal would need to be considered by the village's plan and zoning commissions. Tuesday’s presentation was not an indicator of the village's support or opposition to the store's presence in Northbrook.

Steve Elrod, the village attorney, said the Northbrook was legally obligated to consider any zoning change proposal, and a zoning change on the lot would be necessary for the development to proceed. 

The proposed Walmart project could bring general merchandise, groceries and a pharmacy to the North Shore, along with 6,000 cars in estimated daily traffic, 25 weekly trucks and a 30-foot high sign, according to representatives from the company.

One item sold in many Walmart stores, firearms, would not be in the displays in Northbrook. “That does not meet our code whatsoever," Village President Sandy Frum said, regarding firearm sales. The company will seek a license to sell alcohol.

Trustee Michael Scolaro asked how much revenue the company expects the store to make, but representatives would not disclose that specific number. Instead, Scolaro asked how many stores the company had and their annual earnings, and used those responses to estimate the store could bring $1-2 million in revenue for the village. 

The development would not include a gas station, drive-through pharmacy or tire center, Walmart’s representatives said. Other discussed features were exterior lighting designed to avoid spillage into nearby residential areas, partially constructing the building with recycled material and a 300-square-foot sign outside the proposed store.

Representatives from the Northbrook East Homeowners Association spoke out against the proposal, warning the board members of the potential traffic congestion, pollution, and decreased property value that could occur because of the big box retailer nearby.

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D'skidoc December 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Trust me....those 350 jobs won't be going to people who live on the NS.
GG December 13, 2012 at 03:29 PM
That is the truth. The people they will employee will not be from the North Shore. As an example,the Walmart in Gurnee is flooded with employees and shoppers that are also not from Gurnee.
Jeff Wheeler December 13, 2012 at 04:35 PM
We NEED this in Northbrook, especially east Northbrook. 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 at Dundee/Skokie Blvd 10 years ago. Sure, the residents over there will scream but the Village needs this extra couple million in sales tax revenues. I hope they make a decision quickly on this. Otherwise that land is going to continue to sit vacant for a very long time.
RB December 13, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Northbrook will be lucky to have the sales tax revenue and the employees will eat and shop in Northbrrok, regardless of where they come from. Foolish to turn this away.
MS December 13, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Would LOVE to have one in Highland Park, but no way the short-sighted residents would ever allow it. Solo Cup location anyone?
Jeff Wheeler December 13, 2012 at 05:49 PM
It's a good thought but I doubt it. That location Walmart is eyeing in Northbrook is a great location, with great street and highway exposure. It will be good for all the communities around. The newer Walmarts are much nicer than the old ones .... the recent rehabbed Walmart in Buffalo Grove (on Lake Cook Rd) is very nice on the inside.
jab Zion December 13, 2012 at 06:07 PM
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 for Northbrook- it would give the village extra revenue and the residents a break from driving to buffalo grove or Vernon hills. pls lets not turn this down- otherwise Northbrook like deerfeild will loose much needed revenue (wonder!)
GG December 13, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Why do you think the clientel at walmart will be any different? It will draw the same people from the same places that Target does.
GG December 13, 2012 at 07:19 PM
The Walmart in Gurnee is remodeled and nice also. However the makeover did not change the customers that are coming in and where they are coming from.
Deerfield Homeowner December 13, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I wish Walmart would look at Deerbrook. Lot's of empty space and Deerfield could certainly use the revenue.
Jeff Wheeler December 13, 2012 at 08:04 PM
That might also be a good location -- not as good as the highway location in Northbrook, but the former Wonder Store / Best Buy with the plentiful lot parking and underground parking would be another very nice spot. I'm sure stores like Jewel, Office Max, Bed Bath Beyond, Sports Authority would loose some business though.
Stuart Senescu December 13, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Northbrook will need the revenue to hire a few more police, perhaps another paramedic or two, expand water/sewer infrastructure, street maintenance, and the obligations of having an extra few thousand people coming and going 12 hours a day 7 days a week. Take a look at the backups on the exit / entrance ramp at Edens at Lake Cook and you will see the same at Dundee. I suggest Northbrook look at the impact of a SuperWalmart on sales being generated from the shopping center at Lake Cook/Skokie Hwy. Some of those stores will not survive competition from Walmart.
Jeff Wheeler December 13, 2012 at 09:15 PM
All agreed -- yes, likely need another police officer or paramedic. The water infrastructure should already be in place in that part of the village. Street maintenance and traffic configurations would come with the Walmart for sure. That money will be recouped over time from property tax revenues. The sales tax revenues are like icing on the cake. About the other local stores -- I'd still shop at some of those places. Such as Trader Joe's and World Market. I tend not to buy food at Walmart (especially fresh food -- I just don't trust the quality and sources of the food) -- but that is just me. I go to Walmart for basic necessities that I can't otherwise find at Sam's Club or Costco (or that I do not want to buy in bulk quantities).
Jeff Wheeler December 13, 2012 at 09:22 PM
GG -- The clientele of the Highland Park Target are the worst of the worst. The Highland Park stereotypical resident is probably the worst of the NorthShore. I won't go into details but basically most people in HP only care for themselves and not anyone else. The customers treat the employees like crap. I prefer the Target in Glenview over the one in HP, but I live much closer to the one in Highland Park. A Walmart in Northbrook will draw in not only people from the surrounding communities, but also commuters on their way home from work.
Highland Park Resident December 14, 2012 at 04:54 AM
To TJ Weehler I live in Highland Park and would like to know your description of the "Highland Park stereotypical" resident who you describe as the worst of the North Shore. I would like to know where you live and why you think that the people from you area are so wonderful!
David Greenberg December 14, 2012 at 06:02 AM
"Recouped over time from property tax revenues" - surely you Jest. Everyone knows that when WallyWorld comes in they typically extort some type of tax deal from the local municipality and end up paying zip sans the sales tax they collect (and sometimes they get some of that back too). Then as soon as the deal dries up, WallyWorld pulls up stakes and leaves... This has happened before, it can and will happen again.
GFunk December 14, 2012 at 07:21 AM
WalMart Deerbrook. YES. I know the Wheeling WalMart is only 5 miles away, but that is an eternity, especially between 4-6pm. WalMart tucked into the small parcel behind Barnabys? No.
Just Sayin December 14, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Why are so many of you in love with Walmart? I suggest you watch the documentary 'The High Price of Low Cost'. It might open your pathetic consumer eyes.
Jeff Wheeler December 14, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I live in Highland Park. Work in Highland Park. Spend 98% of my time in Highland Park when I'm not traveling on business. Born in Evanston, Grew up in Evanston/Glenview/Northbrook. Former Evanston resident of 7 years. Highland Park is the worst from my 38 years around here.
Susie Millie December 18, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Our family enjoys shopping at Wal-Mart and Costco. We would look forward to a closer location in Northbrook. I think that would be a great use of that property.
Kavan Sidhu January 16, 2013 at 09:19 AM
Yes closest is golf mill so northbrook would be much closer and needed badly.

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