The worst-kept secret in Uptown was confirmed today: Chicago Market Co-op will be the first tenant in the renovated Gerber Building, the former station house of the Wilson L.
In a tweet at noon, Mayor Emanuel says:
"Excited to share that a community-owned grocery store is coming to the newly renovated Wilson @CTA Red Line station at the historic Gerber Building in Uptown. Chicago Market will offer a variety of fresh foods, dry goods, and more. Many items will be local and sustainably grown."Chicago Market says:
"You Did It!
Chicago Market has signed a lease with the Chicago Transit Authority to put our co-op grocery store in the historic Gerber Building at the Wilson El stop!
It couldn't have happened without you. Your enthusiasm for bringing this store to Uptown has helped make it a reality, and helped to show CTA that there is a huge amount of community support for Chicago Market.
We're excited to bring a better food community together in the neighborhood - local, sustainable, connected.
Learn more and become an Owner today: bit.ly/CMatCTA."
The Tribune says don't expect much for about 18 months, "allowing time for designs, permits and hiring." There will be at least 75 local jobs created.
It's on the way! Great news to have one of the most iconic buildings in our community renovated and set up with a tenant who can serve all Uptowners.