Supermarkets sit empty as deeds block new grocers
By Johnathon E. Briggs
Tribune staff reporter
Published May 2, 2005
When the Dominick's store in West Lawn closed last spring, ending more than two decades in the Southwest Side neighborhood, residents expected another grocer to quickly fill the void.
A year later, however, the 54,000-square-foot building remains vacant, and neighborhood residents who once walked to the store now take buses or beg rides to full-line grocery stores miles away.
Pete's Market, a local grocery chain, wanted to take over the space. But Dominick's has blocked Pete's and every other grocer from using the space inside an aging shopping plaza by placing a restriction in the deed that bars grocery stores.
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Me, although this proposed ordinance will not void existing deed restrictions, IMHO, it is a very needed first step. This is a growing problem throughout commercial areas.