Neighborhood Grocery Store Groundbreaking
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Alderman Melissa Wynne (3rd Ward) and representatives from Terraco, Inc. (project developers) were on hand January 31 to break ground on the future site of Trader Joe’s, to be located at 1211 Chicago Ave. According to the developers, the store is anticipated to open in October 2013.
"The development of this site into a new Trader Joe's is yet another sign that Evanston's economic health is definitely on the upswing," said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. "Trader Joe's will be a good asset to the economy not only for the added commerce it will generate but also for the jobs it will create and the visitors it will attract to our community that is already known for its excellent restaurants, shops and entertainment venues."
"I am thrilled that Trader Joe's has signed a lease and is scheduled to come to Evanston this year. I'm looking forward to working with Terraco, the property developer, to make this a flagship development for Trader Joe's and our neighborhood," said Evanston Alderman Melissa Wynne (3rd Ward). "Chicago Avenue is a key corridor for the Third Ward and Evanston and the arrival of Trader Joe's will mark an important step in the continuing improvement of Chicago Avenue."
The Chicago Avenue corridor has seen a lot of recent activity with construction nearly complete on the AMLI Residential development, a new 214-unit luxury rental apartment community located on Chicago Ave. at Kedzie St.; the OMS Evanston LCC mixed-use office and retail redevelopment of the property at Chicago Ave. and Main St.; and the CTA improvements of the retaining wall along the corridor along with the replacement of three CTA viaducts.