CHATHAM — Less than five months after opening, controversial neighborhood convenience store King Food & Deli appears to have closed its doors.
The store at 400 E. 87th St. sparked controversy among Chatham residents and Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) when it first opened.
Sawyer joined multiple community organizations for a press conference in July to criticize the store for having limited grocery items and selling unhealthy snacks and cigars that could be used for blunts.
“I think there were other retail opportunities that we could’ve placed in that location that would’ve been more reflective of the community and that would’ve gotten more community support,” the alderman said at the time.
On multiple visits this week, the store was closed, and most of its windows were covered.
Community residents posted on Facebook that the store was closed, and commenters again teed off on the business.
The corner of 87th & King Drive where King Food & Deli is located is the site of a former Church’s Chicken location that closed in March 2017, according to a company spokesperson.