Durkin: Glenwood Walmart may move to Homewood

2013-12-24T15:30:00Z 2013-12-24T17:09:24Z Durkin: Glenwood Walmart may move to HomewoodPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 24, 2013 3:30 pm  • 

GLENWOOD | It appears the village may be losing its Walmart store.

Glenwood Village President Kerry Durkin said he met with Walmart representatives on Dec. 12.

"They have approached me and told me they are moving," Durkin said.

He said the plan is to relocate the store from its Glenwood location, 103 W. Holbrook Road, to the former location of a Super Kmart at 17550 Halsted St., in Homewood.

Durkin said he was not told the exact reason for the move.

"I think they're shuffling the deck on a lot of their properties right now," he said.

Durkin said Homewood Village President Rich Hofeld had been approached by Walmart and asked what incentives might be given for relocation. Durkin said Hofeld would not agree to give incentives that would snatch the store from Glenwood. But Durkin said Hofeld was told the Glenwood store would close regardless of whether incentives were offered or not.

A call to Hofeld from The Times was not returned Tuesday.

A call to Walmart Media Relations was also not returned, and an assistant manager at the Glenwood store said he could offer no comment.

Losing the store would be a financial blow to Glenwood. Durkin said the village receives about $1 million annually in property taxes from Walmart alone.

Durkin said he has been given no date of when the move might occur and said he has sent an email to Walmart asking it to reconsider the decision.

He said he is willing to negotiate and offer incentives to convince Walmart to stay in Glenwood.

"We're going to fight to try to keep them," Durkin said.

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