Poll shows strong support for Chicago Wal-Mart

July 28, 2009 (CHICAGO) The discount retailer paid for a telephone poll of more than a million Chicagoans.

The survey found nearly 75 percent said they supported a new Wal-Mmart to be built at 83rd and Stewart in the city's Chatham neighborhood.

"No matter where they were, north, east, south or west, the people of Chicago, black, white, brown all say volumes we need economic development we need to stop the bleeding," said Ald. Howard Brookins, Jr., 21st Ward.

The Chicago city council would have to pass an ordinance to allow a Wal-Mart to be built. Those who oppose the store say Wal-Mart historically pays low wages is against unions and might force locally owned businesses to close.

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