Eva Jakubowski, who owns Shop & Save with her husband, Cezary, confirmed Friday that the Niles-based grocery chain will open its seventh store in the Chicago area at the former Dominick's near Nagle, Milwaukee and Devon avenues.
Jakubowski declined to immediately discuss her plans for the store at 6312 N. Nagle Ave.
Renovations already have started at the store, which has been closed since the end of December, when Dominick's shuttered its 15 Chicago locations, O'Connor said. It is expected to open this summer, the alderman said.
"I'm very excited to have Shop & Save Market in the 41st Ward," O'Connor said. "They made a smart investment."
Eva Jakubowski's roots on the Far Northwest Side of Chicago as a graduate of St. Tarcissus Catholic School in Gladstone Park and Resurrection College Prep High School in Norwood Park will serve her well in getting the store off the ground, O'Connor said.
"That will definitely be an asset," O'Connor said.
The grocery chain's website touts its selection of Polish products at its other locations in Niles, Des Plaines, Schaumburg, Downers Grove and Bridgeview.
The Norwood Park store will be the chain's second location in Chicago. Shop & Save Market took over a defunct Archer Avenue Dominick's in Garfield Ridge in 2009.
The loss of the Norwood Park Dominick's has been a real inconvenience for those who relied on the store for decades, especially during such a harsh winter, O'Connor said.
"It has been challenging for our seniors especially," O'Connor said, adding that many people relied on the Devon Avenue and Milwaukee Avenue CTA buses to get to the grocery store.
The alderman said she urged the Jakubowskis to ensure that the store offered a wide range of fresh produce and ethnic foods.
"I told them shoppers will be looking for not only fair prices, but quality," O'Connor said, adding that she thought prepared dinners would also be popular items.
O'Connor said she urged the store owners to hire nearby residents and plan on becoming part of the community by supporting local schools and organizations.