Chicago Market, a local, sustainable co-op grocery store opening in Uptown, today announced April 2020 as the opening date. The new 13,239 square foot location in the former Wilson Red Line Station on the corner of Wilson and Broadway will be the area’s first co-op grocery store.
Chicago Market announced its future retail location at the Gerber Building in the former Uptown Wilson CTA Station in May 2018, after being selected by the CTA during an RFP process. Owned by the community and democratically run, Chicago Market offers a unique alternative shopping experience where the customer can be a part of the store.
“The community support has been incredible, and we’re excited to keep the development process moving,” said Grant Kessler, Chicago Market Board president. “The grocery co-op has over 1,500 Owners and aims to reach 2,000 by April 2019 to start construction and stay on track of our store build-out timeline. We’ll be holding info sessions and events in our surrounding neighborhoods to spread the work on this community effort.”
Adding to the recently growing landscape of the Uptown community, Chicago Market is expected to create over 40 new jobs in the area and projects sales of more than $9 million into Uptown’s local economy within the first year. Early developments share that the ethically-run grocer will feature products that are fresh, local, organic, sustainably sourced and seasonal. Additional amenities will include prepared foods, a cafe, community programming and a 40-car parking lot.