New crop of grocers sprouting in Chicago neighborhoods

December 13, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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A small-format Wal-Mart Express recently opened in the Lakeview neighborhood.

It looked like some Chicagoans would soon have more places to get groceries: A Wal-Mart Express opened in Lakeview in late November and the city approved a Mariano’s Fresh Market in Greektown at Halsted and Monroe Streets; the chain could also open another spot in Ravenswood. The Ravenswood store project could go to the City Council for approval after two more community meetings, scheduled for later in the month. If approved, the project would get around $4 million from the Ravenswood Corridor TIF funds. To learn more about the new crop of grocery stores and what it signaled in terms of the city’s economy and development plans, Eight Forty-Eight was joined by David Greising. Gresing is a reporter for the Chicago News Cooperative.

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