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Walmart Launches Website to Attract Northbrook Residents

Walmart has published their analysis and findings to back up their request to develop a Northbrook store.

The local speakers at last week's public input meeting for a Walmart at 1000 Skokie Blvd. got to be pretty loud. But Walmart hasn't quit on the conversation just yet. 


An action center website for the proposed Northbrook Walmart offers the company's logistic analysis of the property and community, as part of their pitch to build a shop in east Northbrook. 

According to the Walmart site:
  • Walmart will generate new revenues of approximately $2 million annually for the Village of Northbrook School Districts #225 and #28, Northbrook Library Fund and Northbrook Park District.
  • A Walmart store will create approximately 300 jobs, more than 50% of which will be full-time. Walmart’s average wage in Illinois is $13.16 with competitive benefit packages available to all associates.
  • Walmart will provide local residents with new shopping choices close to home.
The list of reasons to support a local Northbrook goes on for a while. Click here to see Walmart's Northbrook website

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concerned citizen September 16, 2013 at 08:33 AM
Lies lies lies -their proposal only mentioned 1million dollars and now it is 2 million. Next week it will be three million! Walmart does not decide where the tax dollars go to -the village does! As far as jobs- Walmart does not pay $13.16/hr--a recent Reuters poll showed the average salary is $8.81/hr. the store in mt prospect has ONLY 2-3 full timers, mostly part timers and they are now hiring only temps. We do not need Any more shopping choices- we have plenty already. Northbrook residents are smart enough not to buy Walmarts half truths!
Bill Buttimer September 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM
The Walmart website leads with the “Costco case study.” I love Costco. It's a great company and we needed a store like that in the area. Costco's Willow Road location works because there's other retail nearby and the only neighbor is a landfill. The area near Barnaby's would have been a terrible location for a Costco in 2000 and it is a terrible location for a Walmart today. That area is zoned for businesses and offices, not a big-box retailer. The roads and neighborhoods in that area we not designed for supply trucks and high-volume traffic. Maybe Northbrook should have offered a better location to Costco, but changing our zoning to allow a Walmart there doesn't fix that problem. If the landowner were willing to sell the property at the market value, it wouldn't be "a vacant lot." They knew the zoning status when they bought the property. Why should we change our zoning and ignore our comprehensive plan so that the landowner makes more money?
concerned citizen September 16, 2013 at 06:28 PM
For the record--Northbrook DID NOT turn down Costco--they never presented a plan to the board of trustees
Jane Q. September 17, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Hey Walmart-your "findings" were a great work of useless, outdated data and fiction, twisted to suit your purpose. Not buying what you're selling, so go back to Bentonville, you're not Northbrook or North Shore-worthy!
IgnorantA September 18, 2013 at 09:50 AM
A couple hundred pretentious pissed off residents or a reoccurring annual million dollars in tax revenue that can benefit over 33,000 residents… including the couple hundred pretentious residents… I know which way I would favor…
Bill Buttimer September 18, 2013 at 04:24 PM
@IgnorantA: One of the points under discussion is whether the net tax gain is significant considering the many costs. Not only will existing revenues be reduced from existing businesses, those "pissed off residents" are going to lose value on their personal property. As an illustration, at the last public meeting, a Potash executive said that they would reconsider renewing their office lease the Walmart opened across the street. We want the Potash headquarters to stay! It's "money in our pockets," it fits the existing zoning plan, and I bet there are lots of people from Northbrook who would be happy to work there.
North Brook September 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Google Walmart and property values. They increase and there are several RECENT articles on the subject. Every thing being used by the anti-Walmart segment is dated. Out of curiosity, does Northbrook Court cost us $900K in additional expenses related to roads and police/fire?
IgnorantA September 20, 2013 at 04:52 PM
@Bill, a gain is still again. As for Potash, this is nothing but posturing, probably orchestrated by their attorney to help broker a better lease. If they love it here as much as they pretend, they will stay. Smart businesses don't just pickup an move there entire operations just because of a little more traffic. The smart thing to do is to leave for work 5 minutes earlier... not to mention this low level exec would have to answer to all of his investors on why the move.... Imagining the board room conversation right now... "let me get this straight, you want to move our Northbrook operations, costing us XXX dollars because they are building a Walmart across the street?"
concerned citizen September 20, 2013 at 09:22 PM
North Brook and Ignorant A---- How can you compare northbrook court with walmart--I am sorry that they have such a poor reputation--they have no one to blame but themselves--people from all over the world know what kind of company walmart is. Why is there no speaking up against Marianos---you say we complain about anything going anywhere near us and when we don't complain about store to be built where it is appropriate we are still wrong --make up your mind-- I am very curious as to why you are so pro-walmart---the tax dollars are speculative--do you believe everything walmart says?
Kavan Sidhu September 21, 2013 at 03:20 AM
But the closest walmart is wheeling or golf mill. If it never happens then where am I supposed to buy my socks and underwear.
concerned citizen September 21, 2013 at 05:40 PM
North Brook---don't even try and compare walmart to a high end shopping mall. If you look at articles about property values, there are also those that dispute the increase in values--for sure the unbearable traffic from both large sites WILL affect property values!
Ed60062 September 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Regarding property values: To my knowledge property values can only be measured by sales data. Since Walmart is likely to invest in stable or growing areas where homes are newer and larger, the sales data will likely show improvement. Walmart is not likely to build in declining areas.
Jane Q. September 23, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Ed, Walmart is in many declining towns across America. They drive out all the small business, then people are forced to shop there since there are no choices. Have you seen "Walmart the high cost of low price"? Check it out.
IgnorantA September 23, 2013 at 05:08 PM
This documentary is bias and misleading. Walmart doesn't do anything different from the rest of the mega corporations on earth including Potash. You all can bitch and moan on how crappy they treat their employees but I promise you this, when this new store opens, hundreds upon hundreds of people will apply... why do you think that is? Americans have free will, no one forces theme to apply? If they are unhappy, they are free to quit and leave. No chains on the doors...
Ed60062 September 23, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Jane, I watched part of the movie and I get it. Large corporations are more efficient and make it difficult or impossible for local businesses to survive. We have lost most of the small business owners who were happy being able to provide for their families and employees. They were not driven by a demand for increasing profits for stockholders like companies are today. Our culture has changed, and not for the better. However, I'm not sure why Walmart gets picked so much. I hear no outcry about the lack of locally owned banks and I suspect many Walmart critics bank at the big one with locations on almost every intersection. Restaurants too; the chains or franchises have taken much of the success from local eateries. Where is the outcry over the national barber shops that have driven down prices for a haircut? Are you not concerned that Mariano's and Whole Foods will drive out the local Sunset and Garden Fresh? The chains and coops drove out the local hardware stores and in turn are being defeated by Home Depot and Lowes. Mega farms have replaced local farmers. Mega food producers have replaced local processing plants. It is an evolutionary process occurring in nearly every industry in this country. I don't like it either but it is happening.
concerned citizen September 23, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Ignorant a you better do a little more research on this company. It's not only what they do to employees but to the businesses they deal with. It is not like they carry great merchandise 88 o/o is made in China . Why should we support that! They cater to lower class individuals NOT those on the nothshore. I do not think many people will apply like you think they do not even pay a living wage! Talk to the businesses in the area and see how much trouble they have finding employees. Walmart is now hiring temps so they will not have to pay benefits. Mt.prospect store only has 2-3 full time employees--far fewer than the 150 walmart projects for this store.
Ed60062 September 23, 2013 at 07:57 PM
And which stores are not carrying merchandise made in China or Korea, or Bangladesh, or wherever? In our elitism we feel everyone is entitled to be wealthy and our unions have priced us out of the world market. And which stores are not hiring part timers to avoid overhead expense? Our government is pushing it further with mandated health care for full timers but not for part timers. Will north shore people work at Walmart? Some will, but the majority will be imported from outside the north shore by bus or train. We have organizations now trying for affordable north shore housing so these workers can live close to where they work.
IgnorantA September 24, 2013 at 09:33 AM
@ASL, where was your computer, tv, microwave, alarm clock, Ipod, Ipad, cell phone made? are you telling me every piece of clothing in your entire family was made in the USA? you are such a <edited> elitist it's not even funny. Your information comes from a 8 yr old video with a clear agenda. What about all of the thousands of companies that rely on Walmart to sell their merchandise? and the tens of thousands of people who work in these 1000's of companies? you don't care about them? what about Walmarts commitment to offer a jobs to honorably discharged veterans and expects to hire 100,000 over next five years, what about Walmarts pledge to buy 50 billion dollars of merchandise from domestic manufacturers? If Walmart was to fold up a die, the US would be in the largest recession we have ever seen. So, please sit behind your Japanese computer, sip your Starbucks coffee from South America or Africa, , txt your friends from your Chinese made cell phone, drive your German made car to your Canadian based Potash corporation and judge me some more you elitist hypocrte.
concerned citizen September 24, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Evidently more agree with me than with you! I do not shop at Walmart or SAMs because of the poor business practices that have been repeatly shown to be true. Walmart can do or say whatever it wishes- it just doesn't make it true. If you can't afford the taxes in northbrook you can always move. I live in northbrook for the quality of life it affords--not be be able to shop walmart! I have NEVER judged you- I just believe you are misinformed
IgnorantA September 24, 2013 at 01:46 PM
@asl, why do you continue to avoid answering the questions?
North Brook September 25, 2013 at 09:27 AM
Asl--what do you mean that Walmart 'caters to lower class people"? I'm guessing you are old because you have no problem saying something that insulting without thinking there is anything wrong with it. I'm also guessing you are old because you are whining and complaining about change. The only study done shows property values near Walmarts increase. There are no mom and pop stores in Northbrook for us to lose. The people who will shop at this Walmart will be from the North Shore. Northbrook has repeatedly said they want to bring business/shopping options here that will attract spending from outside of Northbrook Northbrook residents drive in droves to Costco and Target in Glenview and spend money. Young families that Northbrook will need to attract to replace you when you move to Crestwood desire these types of conveniences. For the better part of 2 decades, Northbrook has botched every attempt at redevelopment (they should adopt the George Costanza approach and just do the opposite of what their insticts tell them at this point). The retail options we can hope to bring here diminish with each passing day. But, hey, we have 5 places to get coffee and 25 banks.
IgnorantA September 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM
@northbrook, what is going to happen is this, these whining cry babies are going to strong arm enough ill-informed residents to be on their side by continuing only to tell one side. The board, in fear of losing their seat will side with the crybabies, then Deerfield or Glenview will make a bid, Walmart will be built there, and the north shore still will have a Walmart, but Northbrook will not reap any of the rewards. So the crime they fear will still be here, but now no tax income to hire additional police. Roads will still be congested and crumble because the trucks will still travel down lake cook, willow or Dundee… now no tax revenue to apply towards re engineering or repaving. The same unethical practices they protest about might still be around but as long as it is 3 miles away, I guess that would be okay.... hypocrites, all of them…
Anna Adams September 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM
IgnorantA, you are on fire!! I hope you were at the recent Walmart meeting expressing your very valid points. Thanks.
IgnorantA September 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM
@anna, I think they secretly want a Walmart as an option, however, they just don't want to be seen at Walmart by their neighbors for fear of tarnishing their phony country club reputation. They are incapable of seeing the big picture. I think what is funny is this…their egos are so big they think Walmart will completely abandon the N Shore. A vote against Walmart is not a vote against Walmart. It is a vote against Northbrook. Walmart did their homework. Walmart knows there is a lot of money here on the north shore. If Walmart is not built here it will be built somewhere very very close. We will just not reap any of the rewards, just the headaches.
Ed60062 September 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Someone mentioned to me that perhaps there should be a land swap. Build the Walmart on the property north of Dundee and put some of the business and residential buildings planned for that property on the site Walmart is looking at. Then everyone wins and almost everyone will be happy.

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