Thursday, April 9, 2009

Meanwhile, Down The Street On Lawrence...

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By David Roeder, Sun-Times

Roundy's Supermarkets Inc. has entered into advanced talks to build a store in Ravenswood as part of a broader residential and commercial development on Lawrence Avenue.

A Milwaukee-based chain anxious to expand in Chicago, Roundy's would join a health club and small retailers on 6.5 acres just west of a Metra station. The property is owned by Sears Holdings Corp., which would invest in the development. Continue Reading


  1. Roundy's is a great chain of supermarkets. It would be welcome for sure.
    Why is it the most promising things seem to happen on the fringe, or outside the 46th?

    I'd love to see a Roundy's at WY.

  2. "Why is it the most promising things seem to happen on the fringe, or outside the 46th?"

    That's a rhetorical question, isn't it?

  3. I've seen soooo many promises for Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, etc., etc. I think CPNA had it right when they commented on their meeting with the potential Maryville developer: "It seems every new development dangles the elusive 'upscale grocer.'"

    Let's just say, I'll believe it when I see it, anywhere around Uptown.

  4. According to Crains Chicago, Alderman Schulter actually has a signed letter of intent, and shared it... what a concept!

    Now, if only we could get that letter of intent to the public regarding the WY Target....

  5. I live just a few blocks from this site and am not completely on board with this.

    Yes, it's nice to have a "major" grocery store within easy distance of the surrounding homes (although my loyalties will forever lie with "the Jewels" at Clark/Ashland and other locations). OTOH there are already traffic problems on Lawrence due to Sears, the bank, etc., especially on weekends. I'm wondering how store traffic here will affect that.

    And in this market I can't imagine that another condo project would be successful anytime soon; I believe that just a few blocks away, on Damen, there are still plenty of vacant units.

    Frankly, I think a better enhancement to that neighborhood would be the purchase and renovation of the old "Oyster Restaurant" across the street from the vacant lot. The Ravenswood area could use a really nice full-service upscale restaurant like the late, lamented Oyster. It had a bar, informal dining area, date-night dining room and private room for weddings, parties, etc. Too bad the economy and, I presume, other factors are keeping the creative epicurean entrepreneurs away from there!

  6. The reason Helen and Peter won't show us a letter of intent from Target is because they don't have a letter of intent from Target.

    You can't show what you don't have.

    I can't wait until Roundy's opens up we need more choice besides Jewel and Dominick's.

  7. Buenapk: Not true. Anyone who knows me can attest that I was delirious with joy for most of last summer and fall. But when the Cubbies refused to show up and play in the first week of October my mood changed considerably. With the coming of spring and all the lovely garden flowers popping up again in Uptown/Buena Park/Sheridan Park nabes I hope to be happy once more.

    Go Cubbies...and this time remember to try to WIN one!