he Woodlawn neighborhood was once considered a food desert in Chicago. With very few grocery stores and limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables, the residents did not have many options when it came to choosing healthy foods.
However, Mayor Rahm Emanuel broke ground on a new Jewel-Osco, that will be located on the northwest corner of 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue.
The 48,000-square-foot store will employ approximately 200 full-and part-time workers when it opens in early 2019. The full-service supermarket will offer fresh produce, a deli counter, and a variety of service for customers. The store will be developed by a joint venture of Terraco and DL3, which will lease the facility to Jewel-Osco.
This new grocery store is another step toward redeveloping the Woodlawn community.
“Today we are breaking ground on the next phase of the renaissance and resurgence happening across Woodlawn,” Mayor Emanuel said. “This new grocery store will bring fresh food options to a community that is witnessing an unprecedented level of investment, growth and progress.”