Saturday, September 27, 2008

Grocery for Bronzeville

There's an oasis coming to Chicago's food desert.
Roundy's Supermarkets, based in Milwaukee, has signed a letter of intent to build a 68,000-square-foot, full service grocery store at 39th and State in historic Bronzeville.

"It's a great opportunity to serve an underserved area," said Robert Mariano, the former Dominick's chief now serving as chairman and CEO of Roundy's. "People will be able to stay in their community to do their food shopping. They won't have to drive, take the bus or shop where they work and schlep their groceries home."

Planning and Development Commissioner Arnold Randall said he's working with the developer of the proposed shopping mall anchored by Roundy's on an unspecified subsidy from the Bronzeville tax increment financing district.

The vacant 8.7-acre site is one of 45 parcels identified by the city as possible sites for new grocery stores. It's also one of the best locations because it's near the CTA and the Dan Ryan Expy. and it's sandwiched between mixed-income communities being built on sites of two former CHA developments: Robert Taylor Homes and Stateway Gardens.
Another possibility if the Chesterfield Community Council would like to bring another grocery store to this part of the South Side and replace that Family Dollar on 87th and King Drive.

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