Walmart’s efforts in Chicago also reflect a national commitment to ensure that minorities and women are part of its expansion process. As Walmart builds and remodels more stores in Chicago, it will continue to make certain that minority- and women-owned businesses play a pivotal role.
When the Austin store was remodeled in 2010, the project was managed by an African American owned company, Ujamaa Construction. More than 50% of the total project was awarded to minority- and women-owned companies. Ujamaa and Power Construction Co., another minority firm, will build Walmart’s new superstore in Chatham.
Native Chicagoan Jimmy A. Akintonde founded Ujamaa Construction Inc. in 2002. “I wanted to be a part of a working organization that paid an equal amount of attention to social responsibility, profitability, and citizenship within Chicago and near suburban communities.”