Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl says she’s formed a committee to help find new retail users for the two shuttered Dominick’s supermarkets in town.

In addition to the mayor, the committee will include aldermen Peter Braithwaite and Jane Grover, staff from the city’s Economic Development Division, the property owners of the closed locations and two residents from each neighborhood formerly served by the stores at 1910 Dempster St. and 2748 Green Bay Road. 

“I’m confident that this group of people working together and the available prime real estate of both locations will attract new retailers to our thriving city,” Tisdahl said.

The Evanston Plaza location is still listed as an available property by Safeway Inc., the mayor says, but the Green Bay Road location has recently been removed from the list and is no longer available for sale.

Tisdahl says she hopes that signals that plans for the Green Bay Road location will be announced within the next couple of months.

Given the Evanston Plaza store’s profitable position prior to closing, the city and the property owner hope new, exciting businesses will locate there this year, the mayor says.

“We are told that interest exists from locally-based independent grocers that are interested in accessing the Evanston market,” said Scott Inbinder, Principal at Bonnie Management, owner of Evanston Plaza. “Filling the vacant Dominick’s space is key in our work to revitalize Evanston Plaza and we appreciate the support that has been provided thus far by the city.”

Local Dominick’s locations officially shut their doors on Dec. 28 as part of Safeway’s exit from the Chicago metro market.

The shutdown still leaves Evanston with about 11 supermarkets and a half-dozen drug stores offering some grocery items.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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