WRIGLEYVILLE — A convenience store relied on by Cubs fans and neighbors alike will close after Thursday, the latest shutter making way for the Addison & Clark development.
The 7-Eleven across from Wrigley Field, 3554 N. Sheffield Ave., has already started emptying shelves ahead of the closure, which an employee at the store confirmed Wednesday.
The chain's corporate office did not respond to a request for information.
While the 7-Eleven itself is hardly unique, it was an easy stop for workers in Wrigleyville, neighbors and Cubs fans, one local store manager said.
"[We're] really sad about it, too, since the closest convenience store is the Jewel or Walgreens all the way on Broadway," said Linda Vasquez.
The nearest 7-Eleven will now be at 3407 N. Halsted St. near Roscoe Street. Of the close to 7,800 stores in the United States, 80 percent are franchises, owned independently like the one in Wrigleyville was.
The owner was not available for comment Wednesday.
The 7-Eleven across from Wrigley Field will close after Thursday. [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]
With developers of the Addison & Clark project itching to get started after years of delay, businesses from the 7-Eleven at Sheffield and Addison to Red Ivy, 3525 N. Clark St., are rapidly closing. Demolition is expected to begin by mid-May at the latest, with construction on the $140 million project starting immediately after.
Originally billed as Addison Park on Clark, the Addison & Clark project is expected to take about two years.
The development will include 148 luxury apartments and 150,000 square feet of retail. Plans also include a rooftop pool, multiscreen theater, health club and 493 parking spaces.
Renderings of the Addison & Clark development at Addison and Sheffield. Formerly known as Addison Park on Clark, the project will begin demolition in the next couple months. [Provided/M&R Development]
Red Ivy's mid-April closure follows Goose Island Wrigleyville and Bar Louie. Starbucks closed at 1023 W. Addison St. at the end of January, but will reopen Saturday in the former Harry Caray's Tavern, 3551 N. Sheffield Ave.
Other businesses that will vacate include Salt & Pepper Diner and Mullen's on Clark. Luis Auto Repair Shop and Sports World are expected to remain as part of Addison & Clark.
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