Binny’s eyes shuttered Whole Foods site


The liquor store chain Binny’s Beverage Depot wants to take over the former Whole Foods store at 1111 Chicago Ave. in Evanston.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, has scheduled a community meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Lincoln Elementary School, 910 Forest Ave., to discuss the plans.

The family-owned chain, founded in 1948 by Harold Binstein, now has 38 stores, mostly in the Chicago area. 

The Binny’s Lincolnwood store. (Google Maps)

Last year Binny’s opened a store in the former Lincolnwood Produce supermarket property at 7175 Lincoln Ave.

The 31,000 square foot Lincolnwood site also was sold to new investors for almost $10 million just after Binny’s signed a 20-year lease for the property.

Binny’s also has a store at 5100 W. Dempster St. in Skokie.

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