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New Grocery Store Slated For Downtown Glenview

Village officials approved a 10-year lease for a new Heinen's grocery store on the former Dominick's site.

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.

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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.

Harry Gio December 19, 2012 at 01:04 PM
With word of a Mariano's Grocery Store also coming to Glenview (Waukegan & Overlook Drive) at the old Avon building), I certainly hope Heinen's is aware of it; as it can be quite difficult to survive with another "Specialty" grocery store nearby... The rumor is, that new Mariano's store will occupy 50% of the land at the old Avon building and that McGrath Audi would build a state of the art facility next to Mariano's - all the way to the corner (at Golf Road)... As a Glenview resident, we wish both grocers the very best of luck and much success.
Jack Hawk December 19, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Seven years of Village ownership, lost taxes, nearly 70% of the businesses along Glenview Road adjacent to the empty space failed without the anchor store. The Village should leave property developement to the private sector.
Harry Gio December 19, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I'd be willing to bet that the City of Glenview bought the property at a SIGNIFICANT discount after it went through the FORECLOSURE process via Judicial, Sheriff or Tax Sale... That entire northwest corner, including the strip where the little storefronts are should be rebuilt as one with ample parking for everyone.
Chris December 19, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I agree with Harry. The entire corner should be torn down and developed into a nice looking shopping space. At least half of the stores are already empty. I would really like to see a long term plan versus just another band aid.
NHL December 25, 2012 at 06:19 AM
just what we need----another car dealership along waukegan road.... the corridor is chocked with them from dempster up to the RR viaduct... enough already!!! dealerships may bring in tax $$, but they add absolutely NO vitality and culture to an area.... not to mention the light pollution.... TIFF funds were used to "revitalize" waukegan rd thru morton grove back in the 90's.... and all they got out of it were a bunch of parking lots with bright lights... this, like banks and walgreens on every corner are just plain lame... end of story......
Kavan Sidhu January 16, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Marianos will bring different things heinen's doesn't have. Jewel, costco, domonicks, and whole foods are all within 5 miles of each other and still survive somehow so this will be no big deal. I just hope they are big.
Mike L February 06, 2013 at 09:24 PM
I contacted them as i was looking to add another anchor store to the Marianos site. But i think they would rather have another Subway, cleaners and other small stores which will last 1 to 2 years tops and then MORE empty retail space. What are they thinking?
Mike L February 06, 2013 at 09:27 PM
I have to disagree with you. I do not think they can all survive. And as sales go down, prices will go up. It will affect all of us. Also don't forget Trader Joes. 7 Grocery Stores?

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