3 Chicago Walmart Locations Reopen After Looting In May

Mike Krauser
July 29, 2020 - 11:24 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Three Chicago Walmart stores that were looted at the end of May reopened Wednesday.

WBBM Newsradio's Mike Krauser visited the Walmart, located at 76th and Ashland, in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, where he reported the parking lot was full and shoppers were glad to see the store back in business.

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"I've been waiting for it to open back up," one shopper told WBBM Newsradio.

WBBM: Did you miss it?

"Yeah, yeah," she said.

WBBM: What did you think of the looting that happened?

"That was disgusting," the shopper said. "That was really hurtful."

Area residents have waited eight weeks for that Walmart location to reopen. 

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With other Walmart stores having been looted and closed, there have been few options for some and longer trips to get groceries.

WBBM: What other options [for groceries> do you have nearby?

"Well, you know Food For Less closed down, but they finally opened back up," the woman told WBBM.

A nearby CVS Pharmacy, on 79th Street that was also looted, is still boarded up, but crews are working on getting it back open.

Throughout the South and West sides, many looted stores remain closed and boarded up.

In addition to the Auburn Gresham Walmart, located at 7535 S. Ashland Ave., two OTHER Walmart stores also reopened Wednesday, including one in Kenwood, located at 4720 S. Cottage Grove Ave., and one in Hermosa, located at 4626 W. Diversey Ave.