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Evanston’s GFS Marketplace to open this weekend

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The GFS Marketplace store on Oakton Street in Evanston, under construction since last fall, is scheduled to open Sunday.

The store is part of an expanding retail chain owned by Gordon Food Services, a Grand Rapids, Mich., based wholesale supplier to restaurants, schools and other food service operators.

The company says the GFS Marketplace stores let restaurant owners and consumers shop for items in bulk without having to pay a membership fee.

Work on the store at 2424 Oakton St., the chain's 14th in the Chicago area, was delayed for several months because of concerns over the cost of complying with the city's green building ordinance and of environmental cleanup work needed on the former factory site.

The city ultimately agreed to pay $100,000 of the estimated $300,000 environmental cleanup cost.

A formal ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. on June 19.

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