Kite Harbor will close its 109 N. Marion St. location at the end of March and will reopen April 1 at 5442 N. Harlem Ave. (at Foster) in Chicago, its owner said.

The move is among others–such Marion Street Cheese Market’s move within the block, the closing of Spauldings men’s store and renovation of its women’s store, and the long-awaited opening of Moveable Gourmet–that will give a new look to the mall at a time when major changes are planned for the streets and sidewalks, too.

Kite Harbor owner David Zavell said he disagrees with the village’s planned $5 million project to re-street the mall.

“I’m not for it; I never was,” he said. “That was one of the reasons we came out here, because of the charm of the street.”

But the planned mall overhaul is just one of many reasons to relocate, Zavell said. The foremost is that he wanted to return to Chicago (where the shop originally opened) to be closer to a majority of his customers.

“We’re just trying to make it easier for them” to find us, he said.

Zavell said “not much” of his client base–roughly 40 percent–are from the Oak Park/River Forest area.

When his lease came up for renewal he took the opportunity to return to Chicago.

“It’s time for a change,” he said.

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