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New Grocer For South Shore Dominick's Will Be Announced Friday

By Sam Cholke | June 16, 2016 5:43am | Updated on June 17, 2016 10:30am
 A new grocery store for Jeffery Plaza is expected to be named on Friday.
A new grocery store for Jeffery Plaza is expected to be named on Friday.
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UPDATE: A meeting to discuss the plans will take place July 29, not Friday, June 17.

SOUTH SHORE — On Friday, developers are expected to unveil plans for a new grocery story in the empty Dominick’s in Jeffery Plaza.

A spokeswoman for Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said the proposal was due Friday and there were few details that could be revealed ahead of the announcement.

Representatives for the owner of Jeffery Plaza did not respond to requests for comment.

Hairston has scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m. July 29 at the Hyde Park Academy, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., for the public to hear from the developers.

The space in the plaza at 2101 E. 71st St. has been empty since Dominick’s closed all of its stores in Chicago in late December 2013.

A grocer seemed poised to take over the store, but Hairston said in December that the grocer had pulled out and the owner was now considering breaking up the 62,000-square-foot store into smaller storefronts.

Breaking up the space appears to have ended the dry spell of trying to get new tenants into the shopping center, and a fitness center is expected to move into a portion of the old Dominick’s. Hairston said a children’s clothing store was considering leasing another portion.

The grocer would take the remaining space and return to South Shore a full-service grocer, though at a fraction of the size of old store. 

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