SOUTH SHORE — After six years without a grocery store, South Shore will be a food desert no longer when the new Local Market in Jeffery Plaza opens Wednesday morning.
Local Market, 7131 S. Jeffery Blvd., will officially open at 11 a.m. Wednesday, city and store officials announced. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 10 a.m, and a jazz band and children’s activities will be on display as the store opens.
The first 500 customers will also receive a shopping bag filled with food.
The store replaces Dominick’s, which closed at the same location in December 2013. It was last of the 15 shuttered Chicago Dominick’s to be replaced with another grocer.
“This hasn’t been an easy journey for anyone,” Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said in a press release. “Not everyone has a car. So, grocery shopping had become a real hardship.”
Store owners Eva and Cezary Jakubowski purchased the Jeffery Plaza shopping center in February. They’ll seek resident input for the types of retail stores they’ll target for the plaza’s vacant storefronts, they said in a statement.
The city approved $10 million in tax-increment financing to the developers in October 2018. The Chicago Development Fund granted an additional $12 million in New Market Tax Credit funding in February.
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