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Wal-Mart Supercenter opens in ‘food desert’ area

Richton Park Walmart grand opening 6-1-16

Photo courtesy of the Village of Richton Park

Southland residents who may not have been able to easily access fresh food are getting a new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Richton Park that opens Wednesday.

Wal-Mart, 22401 Central Ave., on the southwest corner of Interstate 57 and Sauk Trail, is positioned in an underserved area for fresh food.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the store is located in the vicinity of several “food deserts” along the southern Cook County border and into northern Will County, which are defined as “low-income census tracts where a significant number or share of residents is more than one mile … from the nearest supermarket…” Please click here to read Erin Gallagher’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

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