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Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Walmart has identified a second Windy City location for one its Express stores - in Lakeview, about five blocks east of Wrigley Field.

According to the story, Walmart “has signed a lease and recently filed a building permit for interior construction for a 14,086-square-foot store at 3636 N. Broadway ... The deal marks the second confirmed Wal-Mart Express store on the North Side, in addition to one planned in the River North neighborhood, as Wal-Mart moves to open dozens of city stores over the next several years from mini-Express stores to full-sized Wal-Mart Supercenters that feature general merchandise and groceries over the next several years.”

And, the story notes, “The new Lakeview store would be one mile north of a mid-sized, grocery-focused Wal-Mart Market store planned for 2840 N. Broadway, a development that raised the ire of some residents and community groups in the tony neighborhood.”

USA Today reports this morning that “just in time for the Fourth of July driving weekend, Wal-Mart is rolling back prices -- on gasoline. The giant retailer is offering 10 cents off a gallon at Wal-Mart and Murphy USA stations when purchases are made with a reloadable Wal-Mart gift card, MoneyCard or a Wal-Mart credit card ... Wal-Mart says that there are no restrictions, including no requirement for store purchases in order to get gas discounts at Wal-Mart stations.”

The promotion will be in effect until September 30, but only in 18 states where the retailer operates: Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
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