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West Ridge’s Closed Bakers Square Would Be Torn Down For Starbucks, Wingstop Under Proposal

The businesses would take up about half of the retail space in the proposed strip mall at Western and Touhy avenues.

West Ridge's Bakers Square could be replaced by a Starbucks and Wingstop.
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WEST RIDGE — A developer wants to replace West Ridge’s shuttered Bakers Square on Western Avenue with a new building that would house a Starbucks, Wingstop and other retailers.

Developer GW Properties has proposed demolishing the former Bakers Square building at 7131 N. Western Ave. and replacing it with a 9,000-square-foot retail strip. Wingstop and a Starbucks with a drive-through would occupy about half of the building, said GW Properties Principal Mitch Goltz.

GW Properties, which specializes in retail development, bought the Bakers Square property in Dec. for $1.5 million, Cook County Property records show. Businesses like Starbucks and Wingstop should be able to capitalize on the prominent location at Western and Touhy avenues, Goltz said.

“We respond to the market and where retailers want to be,” he said. “We think this will be a nice asset to the community.”

The proposed Starbucks drive-through lane requires a special use permit from the city, Goltz said. A meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 in the former Bakers Square building, Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) announced.

Goltz said his firm is looking for other tenants to fill the remaining space and is interested in hearing from neighbors on what retailers are wanted in West Ridge.

It is unclear when the West Ridge Bakers Square closed. The property was listed for sale in early November, seeking $2.4 million. The Bakers Square building was built in 1980, according to its property listing.

Bakers Square, whose parent company last week filed for bankruptcy, has announced the closure of five Illinois restaurants, according to Eater. The only Bakers Square remaining in Chicago is at 5220 N. Harlem Ave.

The former Bakers Square property sold in December for $1.5 million. [Joe Ward/Block Club Chicago]
The former Bakers Square property sold in December for $1.5 million. [Joe Ward/Block Club Chicago]

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