Someone commented this would create a "Pharmaceutical Desert" on the west side. We couldn't stop laughing for about three minutes:
- Politicians are pushing back against the planned closing of a CVS pharmacy within the next month on the west side of Chicago.
[...] State Representative Melissa Conyears-Ervin and other elected officials stood in front of a CVS store at Madison and Kedzie Sunday morning to denounce the move. Her husband, Alderman Jason Ervin, said the case was a travesty and that it amounts to theft.
“We have enough challenges and problems in this community, and we don’t need to have the fact that our seniors cannot get their basic medicine anywhere in East or West Garfield Park,” he said.
Ervin said Chicago gave the drugstore $1 million in tax breaks to open at the East Garfield Park location about five years ago. He added that he’s having the city’s lawyers look at any reimbursement the company may owe Chicago.
We're pretty sure the corporate lawyers at CVS had some sort of "sunset" provision in the tax breaks - they do that sort of thing for a multi-billion dollar corporation. You know, like the lawyers probably did for the Whole Foods in Englewood. Once economic reality sets in, corporations are mostly profit/loss orientated. And when you're trying to run a business in the heart of murder/robbery/shoplifting capital of Chicago, it's difficult to justify sticking around.