Downtown Glenview is expected to have a new grocery store in place by June 2014.
Village trustees last week unanimously approved a 10-year lease for a new Heinen’s grocery store on the former Dominick’s site at 1020 Waukegan Road.
Village officials say the addition of Heinen’s on the three-acre parcel will be great for downtown redevelopment in Glenview.
“We’ve waited a long time for something to happen on this site,” said Glenview Village President Kerry Cummings. “We certainly hope this will be a catalyst for redevelopment of the downtown.
“Were very excited about this,” she said.
The Dominick’s store closed in April 2007, after 42 years in the community.
The village purchased the property in October 2007 to maintain control of it, and to ensure it would become a grocery store again as part of its downtown revitalization efforts.
After studying the property over the years, officials found that a grocery store still would be a desirable use for the property.
So they started recruiting.
“We were looking for a high quality grocery store,” said Mary Bak, Glenview’s director of development.
They recruited Heinen’s, which they describe as a full-service grocery store. The business is based in Cleveland, and just made a foray into the Illinois market opening a store in Barrington earlier this year.
Jeff Heinen of the grocery store chain said that even though the marketplace is competitive, he is sure they will be successful in Glenview.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity. We believe we can be successful,” he said.
As part of the proposal, the village will demolish the existing Dominick’s building. If final plans for Heinen’s are approved, the business then will build a 35,000-square-foot store, putting a $10- to $12-million investment into the community. Construction would start this spring, with completion expected in 2014.
Other community officials also lauded the plans, saying they will be good for Glenview.
“We are very interested and enthusiastic about this project,” said Betsy Baer, of the Glenview Chamber of Commerce.