There’s Now a Wal-Mart Center in the West Loop

The temporary Wal-Mart Center at Presidential Towers in the West Loop

The temporary Wal-Mart Center at Presidential Towers in the West Loop

If you’ve been wondering about the status of the new Wal-Mart Express in Chicago’s West Loop, it looks like things are progressing.

We’d originally heard that it would open in August, and with the month half way over, we’re starting to have our doubts.

Peeks inside the construction zone show there’s a lot of work still to do.  But there are also hopeful signs.  Literally.

Paper signs have been placed on Tower 4 at Presidential Towers (555 West Madison Street), labeling the rear ground-floor office space the “Wal-Mart Center” and other signs look like they’re directing potential employees to the door they need to use.

It’s a lot better than the CityTarget, which is supposed to be built inside the old Carson Pirie Scott Building (now the Sullivan Center, 33 South State Street).  There have been no signs of physical progress on that at all.

Both projects have been added to our interactive map of projects going up in Chicago.  It’s a work in progress, and if you’d like to help contribute to it, just shoot an e-mail to

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  1. What do you know about the Walmart Express construction going on at Broadway & Addison. Have you seen any renderings for the project?

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  2. It’s not a Walmart Express. It is a Walmart Neighborhood Market. An express is very tiny. This store is 26000 sq ft.

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    • Editor

      You are correct. In my head I keep thinking of it as “Wal-Mart Lite,” which I know is wrong. “Wal-Mart Express” seemed more legit at the time.

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