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Walmart will reopen all of its Chicago stores.

Many have worried some of the stores wouldn’t return because they were looted or vandalized amid unrest at the start of June, and some had already been unprofitable before then.

But the company has committed to reopening every Chicago store by the end of 2020, which will, in turn, provide jobs for 1,600 people, according to the city.

“This means welcoming back thousands of jobs and increasing access to grocery stores and fresh produce close to home,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. “It means building stronger local economies in our neighborhoods.”

Neighborhood Market stores and a Supercenter in Hemosa will reopen by the end of July, according to the city.

The Chatham and Austin Supercenters will reopen by the end of the year.

A Walmart Supercenter in Pullman has already reopened.

The company will also build Walmart Health Centers into the stores in Austin and Chatham, providing preventive health care for residents.

The stores that will reopen:

• Walmart Neighborhood Market, 2844 N. Broadway
• Walmart Neighborhood Market, 2511 W. Cermak Road
• Walmart Neighborhood Market, 4720 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
• Walmart Neighborhood Market, 7535 S. Ashland Ave.
• Walmart Supercenter, 8331 S. Stewart Ave.
• Walmart Supercenter, 4650 W. North Ave.
• Walmart Supercenter, 4626 W. Diversey Ave.

Walmart will also invest in a training academy in Chicago where the company can “develop talent” among employees.

That training center, called the Walmart Academy, will also work as a community center where local groups can provide education and training, according to the Mayor’s Office.

The city did not give Walmart tax breaks to keep them in Chicago, though the city did “offer up our lessons learned and resources that we have generated, particularly over our response to COVID-19,” Lightfoot said.

Please click here to download the letter from Samir Mayekar, Deputy Mayor Economic and Neighborhood Development, regarding a major announcement by Walmart.

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