PORTAGE PARK — PetSmart will open at Six Corners on Oct. 25, store officials said Thursday.
The new store will be next to the Jewel-Osco grocery store in a remodeled storefront that was once home to a Blockbuster Video and LifeSource blood donation center at 4640 W. Irving Park Road.
Some jobs are still available at the store in the Six Corners Shopping District, where it is one of more than 20 businesses to open this year, according to the store's website.
The LifeSource Blood Donation Center moved to 5316 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Gladstone Park.
Once it opens, PetSmart will share the shopping center with Sears, Famous Footwear and Marshalls.
Blockbuster closed its store at Six Corners in February 2013, and the storefront has been empty since.
Once the premier shopping district in Chicago outside the Loop, the area near Irving Park Road and Milwaukee and Cicero avenues was home to dozens of stores offering shoppers their hearts' desire and a chance to see a movie at the Portage Theater, built in the 1920s.
But Six Corners fell into decline with the rise of malls in and around Chicago, and has struggled for decades to regain a measure of its former glory.
Ald. John Arena (45th) has said PetSmart’s decision to open a store at Six Corners — along with Chipotle and Jimmy John's — is more evidence that the shopping district is finally showing signs of a lasting renaissance.
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