The shopping center in the 2100 block of Green Bay Road in Evanston that houses a Walgreens drug store and the local Social Security office has been purchased by the developer who brought Trader Joe’s to Evanston.

The center, constructed in the 1990s by Roger Parris of Manchester Realty, who died last year.

His widow Kathleen recently sold it to a pair of limited liability companies managed in part by Scott Gendell, whose Wilmette-based Terraco Inc. developed the Trader Joe’s store on Chicago Avenue after the city pitched in to provide parking for the store.

Terraco then sold the Trader Joe’s building a month after the store opened.

Terraco also developed the new Walgreens store just across the Evanston border at 4009 Old Orchard Rd. in Skokie.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. What! No parking lot to build for him?

    Just out of curiosity, Why did Walgreens close its store in downtown Evanston 20 plus years ago?  If you go into downtown Chicago, there is a Walgreens on almost every third block.  Even downtown Skokie has a Walgreens.

    1. They’d better not close that
      They’d better not close that Walgreens. I go there all the time.

      1. Drug stores in downtown Evanston
        I can’t swear they were all there at the same exact time but pretty close.
        When Walgreens was were the old Borders was, a drug store in the Orrington/Church building, one where Radio Shack is, one 1/2 block south of Davis on Chicago Ave, Hoos on Clark and Sherman–I’m probably forgetting others. Osco was suppose to move back into the Sherman Plaza [they rented a small store just north of Panera] but at the last minute the Plaza said they could not come back—just like the Orrington would not let McDonalds back.

        1. drugstore

          Huerbingers was where Radio Shack is now……more than a drugstore…it had booths, and great hanburgers..this is going back to at least the mid-1950s……

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