Could a Walmart be on its way to Lakeview? (Getty Images photo)
The latest sign that Walmart may really and truly be coming to the ‘hood? The protesters may be backing down. From Crain’s Chicago Business:
The organizer of the Facebook group dedicated to stopping a planned Wal-Mart store in East Lakeview took the group offline over the weekend, saying given recent events, continuing to fight against the store at this point is a “waste of time.”
Over the weekend, organizer Bruce Alan Beal took down the Facebook group, “Stop the Lakeview/Lincoln Park Wal-Mart.” The group had drawn more than 960 members who were opposed to a new Neighborhood Market store in the Broadway at Surf retail complex, located in the 2800 block of North Broadway.
The planned store has drawn heated opposition since rumors about it began flying in December, largely from neighbors who fear the many small businesses that line Broadway and nearby Diversey Parkway and Clark Street will be unable to compete and end up going out of business. The neighbors fear a Wal-Mart will permanently change the character of the neighborhood for worse.