By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE
The Walmart located in Cahokia at 1511 Camp Jackson Road will close to the public permanently by Friday, April 21, 2023. The pharmacy will also close on that date, and the pharmacy staff will be working with customers to transfer prescriptions to another location.
Walmart spokesperson Felicia McCranie, director of Corporate Communications for the company’s North and East Business Units, sent an email to the Illinois Business Journal on March 21 noting that the decision “was not made lightly and was reached only after a thorough review process.”
McCranie noted that Walmart has nearly 5,000 stores across the U.S., and unfortunately, some have not met the company’s financial expectations. “While our underlying business is strong, this specific store hasn’t performed as well as we hoped. There is no single cause for why a store closes and our decision is based on several factors, including historic and current financial performance, and is in line with the threshold that guides our strategy to close underperforming locations,” McCranie noted.
“We have been, and will continue to be, supportive of our store leadership and associates at our Cahokia store. This decision is in no way a reflection of their hard work and customer service,” she further noted. “We are hopeful the associates at the store will want to continue their career with Walmart by transferring to another nearby store. We employ hundreds of associates in the Metro East with five Walmart Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets within 16 miles (or less) of Cahokia. All associates in the store will be eligible for transfer. We have invested in our associates and we want to keep them in the Walmart family.”
Walmart serves customers through its 181 stores and Sam’s Clubs in Illinois, and McCranie confirmed that the company remains committed to Illinois. She noted that Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed approximately $32.6 million in cash and in-kind donations to state and local non-profits during fiscal year 2022.
In the official company statement, McCranie said, “We are grateful to the customers who have given us the privilege of serving them at our Cahokia location. We look forward to serving them at our other stores in the surrounding communities and on walmart.com.”