LAKEVIEW — A vacant corner on Lakeview's north edge could turn into an upscale convenience store after standing empty for over two years.
Buyer Nick Patel wants to open Lakeside Market at 810 W. Irving Park Road. In addition to selling alcohol, the 645 square-foot space would have snacks, drinks, coffee, candy, household supplies and over-the-counter medicine.
Patel plans to buy the corner space at Irving Park and Clarendon, but needs to get a packaged goods license, since he plans to sell beer, wine and liquor at the convenience store. Patel does not need a special use permit since only 40 percent of floor space is dedicated to alcohol sales, said his attorney, Dean Malagos.
The 645 square-foot Lakeside Market would dedicate 60 percent of its sales area to non-liquor sales. [Provided/Dean Malagos]
The building sale should be finalized in a couple weeks, although it is contingent upon Patel getting the liquor license approved, his attorney said.
Patel, who already operates 10 other convenience stores in the area, will spend about $500,000 on the building and close to $200,000 on renovations, Malagos said. He also wants to sell tobacco, which also requires a license.
Lakeside Market will replace Sutcliffe Pharmacy, which closed more than two years ago. It would operate from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 1 p.m. to midnight on weekends.
A loading zone will likely be located on Clarendon.
Patel wants to get started on the project as quickly as possible once he gets approval from Ald. James Cappleman (46th) and neighbors, he said.
Lakeside Market would open next to Nano Sushi and near another vacant corner. Other convenience stores nearby include GNS Market and Ricky's Food Mart.
Lakeside Market would replace Sutcliffe Pharmacy, which closed more than two years ago. [Provided/Dean Malagos]
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