There are usually some rumblings that all is not well with a retail chain and that some big changes are on the way. Sometimes those rumblings come from shoppers who've noticed that something about the store is amiss, like lack of inventory, overall condition of the store, or a giant sign in the front window saying "CLOSING FOREVER!"

Other times, it's the chain store's parent company making announcements about cut backs, lay-offs, sell offs, and streamlining that gives everyone the idea that we may be watching a dead store walking.

Then, there are the surprise closings. Like this one:

One of four Chicago area Walmarts about to close. (Getty Images)
One of four Chicago area Walmarts before closing permanently back in April. (Getty Images)

Of All The National Retail Chains To Shutter Stores In Illinois This Year, Walmart's Decision To Permanently Close Some Stores In Chicago Drew One Of The Biggest Reactions

Unless more are added before the end of the year, Walmart ended up closing and locking up 7 locations in Illinois, with 4 of them being located in Chicago.

  • Chatham Supercenter at 8431 S. Stewart Ave, Chicago
  • The Kenwood Neighborhood Market at 4720 S. Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago
  • The Lakeview Neighborhood Market at 2844 N. Broadway, Chicago
  • The Little Village Neighborhood Market at 2551 W. Cermak R, Chicago
  • 7550 South Halsted St, Homewood
  • 12690 S. Route 59, Plainfield
  • 840 N. McCormick Blvd, Lincolnwood
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Some Of The Other National Retailers On The List Of 2023's Permanent Closings Are Gone From The Scene Right Now Or Plan To Be Once We Get Into The New Year, Others Still Have Some Locations Here In Illinois, While Closing Other Locations In The State

In no particular order, we've got:

  • Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid all closed some locations in Illinois this year with more to follow in 2024. Walgreens says that their overall plan is to reduce their store count by 150 stores throughout the nation by the end of August 2024.
  • In a move that pretty much everyone saw coming, Bed Bath & Beyond permanently closed their physical stores in Illinois and nationwide.
  • Foot Locker announced that it was planning on closing 545 stores, including Champ Sports stores as part of something called a "planned reset" that will continue through 2026.
  • Tuesday Morning slammed the doors shut on 487 stores across the country, including Illinois.
  • Party City filed bankruptcy back in January, then said in February that they were closing over 30 stores. There are still Party City stores open in Illinois.

Click here to read more about which retailers are still planning on calling it quits.

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