Grocery businesses are closing across the US as supermarket conglomerates expand. Regional and national businesses have closed many stores this year
One Walmart and Whole Foods store closed this week in two large cities. Here are the stores closing in the coming days.
Walmart announced the closure of four Chicago stores two weeks after cutting 15 U.S. stores.
"The simplest explanation is that collectively our Chicago stores have not been profitable since we opened the first one nearly 17 years ago," the merchant added.
"[T]hese stores lose tens of millions of dollars a year, and their annual losses nearly doubled in just the last five years."
Walmart will close four Chicago-area locations on Sunday, April 16. Three Neighborhood Markets are in Kenwood, Lakeview, and Little Village,
while one Supercenter is in Chatham. Employees can transfer to any Walmart or Sam's Club pharmacy for 30 days.
Walmart stated that while the four remaining Chicago stores "face the same business difficulties," closing the other stores "gives [the company]
This year's Chicago area Walmart closures include four more. Lincolnwood, Homewood, and Plainfield Walmarts shuttered in February and March.
"To ensure the safety of [its] Team Members," Whole Foods shuttered its Trinity Place branch in San Francisco on Tuesday, April 11, according to an SFGATE statement.