Fresh on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of future upgrades headed to Woodlawn’s Cottage Grove CTA Green Line station, the City of Chicago and Jewel-Osco have revealed a plan to bring a new grocery store to the South Side community. First reported last night by the Chicago Sun-Times ahead of today’s official media release, the 40,000-square-foot supermarket would replace a large parcel of vacant land at the northwest corner of 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue.
The planned Jewel-Osco hopes to eliminate a food desert—a popularized term used to describe an area with limited access to fresh, healthy produce. Since the issue became a key point of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s agenda, new grocery stores have also opened in the Englewood and Bronzeville communities. Currently, Woodlawn is served primarily by a single Aldi store located at 6621 S. Cottage Grove.
In addition to providing a vital retail service, the Woodlawn development is expected to add roughly 200 jobs to the area. The plan also calls for a pharmacy with a drive-through lane as well as on-site parking for 180 vehicles.
Expected to open in late 2018, the store would join a number of nearby private and public developments including the mixed-income, transit-oriented Woodlawn Station development located just two blocks to the south. With the upcoming Obama Presidential Center headed to Jackson Park, momentum continues to mount in Woodlawn.
- Like Englewood, Bronzeville, Woodlawn gets new grocer: Jewel-Osco [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Upgraded CTA station, affordable TOD headed to Chicago’s Woodlawn [Curbed Chicago]