Developer using 'loophole' to foist grocery chain on Lincoln Square, threatening independent stores, alderman says
Is an Amazon Fresh store en route to Chicago's North Side?
by Steve Miller / WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM
Some Lincoln Square residents are fighting a supermarket-anchored project one business owner likens to an “atomic bomb” that threatens mom-and-pop shops in the neighborhood.
The plan calls for redeveloping the Fifth Third Bank building at the intersection of Lawrence and Western. The real-estate developers aren’t saying what grocery store would occupy 45,000 square feet at the site.
But the prospect of an Amazon Fresh or a Whole Foods landing there is a worry for Chris Dallas, an owner of HarvesTime Foods, a few blocks to the west on Lawrence Avenue. His supermarket specializes in produce, Mexican food products and locally produced delicacies. Read more and Listen HERE