Downtown / Loop

Affixing the first Target to the West Loop Target

by Joe Zekas on 8/7/12

Early yesterday afternoon workers were guiding the first Target sign into place on the north façade of the store on Jackson Blvd.

The store appears to be on track for its scheduled October opening, just over a year after breaking ground. It will have parking on the first level, a pharmacy, a health clinic, a Starbucks and a full grocery section.

Construction of the new Mariano’s on Halsted is also well underway. By early next year West Loop shoppers will have at least six major grocery stores within easy range: Target, Mariano’s, the Dominick’s on Halsted, Whole Foods on Roosevelt Rd, a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at Presidential Towers, and Jewel on Des Plaines in the nearby Fulton River District. Can they all prosper?

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David August 7, 2012 at 1:33 PM

I agree that the neighborhood is getting oversaturated by grocery stores. Dominick’s on Halsted is the current weakest link. It’s hard to navigate both inside and out and the prices are nothing special. Most of the neighbors I talk to, myself included, shop at either Jewel or Wal-Mart for most things. I’m not sure who would choose to shop at the Dominick’s over the Jewel, Wal-Mart, and soon-to-open Mariano’s except for people who live in Skybridge. After having gone to the Mariano’s off Western Ave, I would bet money on the Dominick’s going out of business at some point after the Mariano’s opens.

The Target will probably be fine since it’s far enough West that it’ll attract people from a the Western part of the neighborhood and UIC.

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