MCKINLEY PARK — Hoping to add one more category of products for a one-stop shopping experience, big-box retailer Target has applied for a license to sell alcohol at a Southwest Side store.
The store at 1940 W. 33rd St. already sells grocery items, including produce and dairy. It's open from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday.
The move by the Minnesota-based retail giant could be viewed as a response to the forthcoming debut of Mariano's Fresh Market, opening a half-mile away in the former Dominick's at 3145 S. Ashland Ave.
Target applied for the license on March 20.
According to a notice posted on the door there, anyone who objects to the company's liquor license bid must submit a written letter to the liquor control commission before April 29. The commission's address is: 121 N. La Salle St. Room 805, Chicago, IL 60602.
And it turns out, not everyone is thrilled with the prospect of adding what would amount to a new liquor store to the neighborhood.
Cristina Martinez, 48, of McKinley Park, said that selling booze at the store, located just south of the Stevenson Expy., would attract drunks, gangbangers and other neighborhood unsavories.
"It’s a family experience [at Target]. I shop for kids clothes, groceries. I always go with my family, and this would make me not want to go there," she said.
Target officials did not return an email and call seeking comment.