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South Loop Market Looking To Open Store In Logan Square’s NoCa Blu Building

The local market is eyeing the ground floor of a new apartment complex.

South Loop Market is eyeing Logan Square for its newest location.
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LOGAN SQUARE — South Loop Market, a small grocery store described as a cross between a Whole Foods and a convenience store, could be coming to Logan Square.

The local mini chain is in the very early stages of securing a ground-floor lease at the new “micro-apartment” complex at 2342-48 N. California Ave., called NoCa Blu.

The grocery store would be similar to South Loop Market’s six existing locations in that it would offer a variety of grab-and-go options like sandwiches and wraps and locally-sourced goods, plus an array of brand name products typically found at upscale grocery stores.

Craft beer, wine and spirits will also be sold so long as the owners get the approval they need to lift the alcohol moratorium on the the block, according to Raymond Valadez, chief of staff for Ald. Joe Moreno, whose 1st ward includes the apartment complex.

The owners, who didn’t respond to requests for comment Tuesday, pitched the impacted neighborhood group, Greater Goethe Neighborhood Association, earlier this week.

“The Alderman is awaiting a recommendation from the community group regarding this business proposal,” Valadez wrote in an email.

Samir Kanan and his brother, Jamil, opened South Loop Market in 2009 when they grew frustrated with having to drive to grocery store chains, even when they only needed a few things.

Kanan in 2017 described the South Loop Market as a cross between a Whole Foods and a convenience store.

If existing locations are any indication, the Logan Square location would be the size of a convenience store, small and packed with organic and natural products.

Currently, South Loop Market has locations in the Downtown area, South Loop and Lakeview.