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New Jewel-Osco grocery store to open in Woodlawn next year

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Today’s report is the latest bit of encouraging news to come out of the South Side neighbrohood

Jewel-Osco

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.

Future site of the Jewel-Osco at the northwest corner of 61st and Cottage Grove.
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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.

A map of current and upcoming Woodlawn projects compiled by Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development.
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