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Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports that Walmart’s desire to open a third store in Chicago - just weeks after a second store was approved by the city after years of delays and negotiations - “may hinge on whether the retailer is promising to pay workers at least 50 cents more than the Illinois minimum wage.”

Members of the City Council reportedly have threatened to delay any action on a third floor until they get a satisfactory answer about wages and benefits to be paid to workers at a third store; there also is some discussion of waiting to see how the retailer’s second store affects local businesses before approving a third unit.

Steve Restivo, a Walmart spokesman, tells Bloomberg BusinessWeek that while he cannot confirm a starting wage for a third store, the retailer’s intention is “to offer a competitive wage.”
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