OZ PARK — Target's continuing expansion in Chicago could flow into the vacant former site of Mrs. Green's Natural Market.
Multiple sources report that Target is looking into moving into the vacant store at 555 W. Webster Ave. across from Oz Park.
"At this time, we don’t have anything to share regarding new store plans," Target spokeswoman Kristy Walker said Tuesday. "Target continuously explores possible locations for future stores, and Chicago is a priority market for the company."
"We can't formally comment on this at this time, as we haven't been approached by Target regarding this space," added Adam Gypalo, chief of staff for 43rd Ward Ald. Michele Smith. "That said, we've heard the rumors, so we'll keep tabs on the future plans for the site if and when we're approached by them to discuss."
Those rumors, according to sources, are that Target is considering putting one of its "flexible format" stores on the site targeting an urban market, similar to the outlet that replaced the Best Buy in Lincoln Park at 2650 N. Clark St.
No zoning change would be required for the commercial property, but Target would need a package liquor license to sell alcohol.
The Webster Square development, which administers the 20,000-square-foot store as well as the condominium being built on the former site of Grant Hospital across the street, did not respond to requests for comment.
The Lincoln Park Mrs. Green's opened in 2013, as the East Coast gourmet grocer sought to expand into Chicago, but the company almost immediately began a retrenchment instead. Plans to open an outlet in River North in the old Fox & Obel location were quashed in 2014.
Mrs. Green's closed midway through 2015, leaving only a coffee shop operating inside, and soon that closed as well. Indications the store might reopen never panned out.