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Morton Grove Flirting With Two Grocery Chains; Aims To Replace Dominick's

Mayor DiMaria said the village met last week with two grocery store prospects and two restaurant prospects about locating in Morton Grove.

Patch file photo of grocery interior.
Patch file photo of grocery interior.

Morton Grove officials met last week with two grocery store chains and two restaurants about having them locate businesses in the village, Mayor Dan DiMaria announced at Monday's village board meeting.

Residents have been clamoring for a new full-service grocery store since Dominick's closed in late December. Its space in Prairie View Plaza, on the southeast corner of Waukegan Road and Dempster Street, remains vacant. 

DiMaria and village staff, including Nancy Radzevich, the economic development director, have been reaching out to various retailers and chains, DiMaria said. Last year, they attended two International Council of Shopping Centers conferences in an attempt to drum up business.

Village Manager Ryan Horne said those efforts have made the village more savvy.

"What we've learned from attending the shopping center conferences is that there are a significant number of chains trying to get into the middle market," Horne explained. Asked to define middle market, he characterized it as the middle price range, between discount grocers such as Aldi and specialty retailers such as Trader Joe's.  

Both DiMaria and Horne said they could not name the grocery chains village officials met with last week.

However, DiMaria said one of the grocery chains is looking for a location right on the outskirts of a city, and a representative told him Morton Grove is "right in their bull's eye." 

"Patience is needed, but I think in the end, people are going to be very satisfied," he said.

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John Stephen January 28, 2014 at 01:08 PM
I wonder how long it will before the Village pays for all of the site work at Prairie View Plaza to lock in a potential new tenant like they did for the Culver's. The owners of Prairie View are certainly not making any effort to find tenants for that dump. The taxpayers are going to wind up footing the bill for all of the necessary improvements that even a mid-sized grocery chain is going to demand to move into that space.
Pat Craig January 28, 2014 at 01:21 PM
John, didn't you read the article? We are told that the village has become more savvy. I think what that means is that the administration will convince the residents that paying for the improvements is chicken salad... not chicken $%!#.
John Stephen January 28, 2014 at 03:12 PM
While Herbert Hoover never actually said "a chicken in every pot and a car in every backyard", Morton Grove will soon have "a chicken in every backyard, cars up on blocks and a pot clinic on every corner" thanks to the savviness of the current administration.

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