Skip to contents
Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

After Years Of Waiting, South Shore Shop & Save Grocery Store Opening In 2 Weeks, Ald. Says

The Jeffery Plaza store is the last of the 15 Chicago Dominick’s shuttered in 2013 to be replaced with another grocer.

The exterior of the Local Market by Shop and Save in Jeffery Plaza Nov. 4.
Maxwell Evans/Block Club Chicago
  • Credibility:

SOUTH SHORE — After nearly six years of waiting, South Shore’s new grocery store is set to open this month, ending the neighborhood’s status as a food desert, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) confirmed Monday.

The Local Market by Shop and Save at Jeffery Plaza, 7131 S. Jeffery Blvd., “should be open in two weeks,” Hairston told Block Club. An exact open date has not yet been announced.

A Shop and Save representative said the company is “doing our darnedest to make sure it’s open” in the next two weeks. The company has been in contact with the alderman’s office “every day,” Hairston said, giving updates on signage and hosting a recent job fair.

In recent weeks, signs of life have appeared at the long-dormant site. A Local Market sign now hangs on the facade, and window coverings have come down to reveal interior shelving.

Credit: Maxwell Evans/Block Club Chicago
A view of the Local Market’s interior Nov. 4.

Dominick’s closed its Jeffery Plaza location when the grocery store chain folded in December 2013. It remains the last of the 15 shuttered Chicago Dominick’s to be replaced with another grocer.

Plans for a World Fresh Market fell through in 2015 when the manager left. Year-long negotiations also failed in May 2017 for Karriem’s Fresh Market.

Hairston said residents shouldn’t be worried about the store opening. “The proof is in the pudding,” Hairston said.

“Other than the actual date that it’s going to open, everything is there,” she said, adding that the site “just finished inspection.”

Final touches to be completed include reviewing the site’s refrigeration systems and shipping in food to stock the store’s shelves. Thirty percent of the store will be reserved for fresh produce.

The alderman’s office has been active on social media, “doing everything that we can to make sure people know that’s it’s here,” Hairston’s spokesperson Delmarie Cobb said.

More than 300 people showed up to Friday’s hiring fair, according to Hairston. That fair followed one in August and an informational session for potential local vendors in September.

Credit: Maxwell Evans/Block Club Chicago
The faded remnants of a Dominick’s sign are still visible at the entrance to Jeffery Plaza’s parking lot.

The store will employ the equivalent of 97 full-time workers, according to the Chicago Development Fund, which granted $12 million in New Market Tax Credit funding to the project in February.

The city approved $10 million in tax-increment financing dollars to the developer in October 2018.

In February, Shop and Save purchased the Jeffery Plaza shopping center. The company has maintained leases with all existing tenants, including Papa John’s, Gamestop and the Red Rooster restaurant, as it prepares to anchor the center.

Do stories like this matter to you? Subscribe to Block Club Chicago. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Want to support Block Club with a tax-deductible donation? Thanks to NewsMatch 2019, your donation will be doubled through Dec. 31. Donate here.