Friday, August 14, 2015
Empty Shelves, Empty Store: No More S-L Pantry?
It's been rumored since spring, but it appears the convenience store at the southeast corner of Lawrence and Sheridan, most recently known as SL Foods, is no longer in business. A reader sent us photos showing that today the Cook County Sheriff's Office placed an eviction notice on the door.
While some neighbors registered complaints about the business practices of the Pantry and are no doubt relieved to hear this news, we realize that the store provided a family's livelihood for close to a decade, and we wish them better fortune in their next undertaking.
The three-story building, built in 1906 and still handsome, includes 24 residential units and the storefronts along Sheridan, which are currently home to Papa Ray's Pizza, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, Reflection Hair Salon, and Unity Christian Church. The entire property has been under the control of a receiver for many months and is for sale (know any real estate entrepreneurs?). With Lawrence House Pharmacy brightening up a long-empty dark storefront across the street in the ICA GreenRise building, and Weiss Plaza no longer functioning as an open-air drug market, we hope whatever happens at the southeast corner contributes to the intersection's upswing.