Six years after Dominick’s shuttered its South Shore supermarket, leaving a swath of the neighborhood in a food desert, a new grocery store has opened in its place.
Local Market, a new concept from the owners of independent supermarket chain Shop & Save, opened Wednesday in the Jeffery Plaza shopping center at 71st Street and Jeffery Boulevard, marking the end of a long fight to fill the last Chicago Dominick’s site left vacant since parent company Safeway closed the 72-store chain in late 2013.
Residents will find a full-service grocery experience complete with a juice bar, a wine and beer bar and a large seating area with a “Starbucks feel,” said Eva Jakubowski, who co-owns the store with her husband, Cezary. She has been fielding requests for months from eager residents, and said the store offers “phenomenal quality and affordable prices” to meet their varied needs.
“People wanted fresh options, organic produce, a selection of vegan products, organic milk — items they don’t feel they have easy access to,” she said. “The general idea I received from everyone is they just want options, lots and lots of wonderful options. And that is what I think we do very well.”