After six years of empty promises and an empty building, residents in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood are rejoicing on Wednesday as a new Local Market location opened in their area.
The new Local Market location opened Wednesday in a space that was formerly occupied by Dominick’s near the intersection of 71st and Jeffrey. That store closed its doors in 2013, but six years later, an area that was once a food desert is now the proud new home of a 64,000-square foot store.
“After Dominick’s closed, we started going to Jewel, and I didn’t know what to do because their prices were really high and they weren’t prepared for the crowds that were coming,” one resident said. “We had to travel miles before we could bring food to our house, and I want to say thank you.”