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The article that caught my attention in an email was “Meijer to open smaller, grocery-focused store in Chicago suburb”. Chicago has been generally opposed to large retailers locating in the city limits. Both Walmart and Target have generally been opposed when they sought entry to the Chicago retail market.
Apparently Meijer will be making a much smaller store, “102,000 square feet,” then their typical supercenter. Meijer is a mostly unionized company and they may find it easier to cut red tape as a result. The Wikipedia entry for Meijer notes that they have nonunion employees in several states as well as in Traverse City, MI.