North Avenue District Inc. thanks Tim Inklebarger and Wednesday Journal for covering the likely closing of the Oak Park Market at North and Harvey avenues in Oak Park. Thanks also to everyone who patronizes the store.
There appear to be many reasons why Oak Park Market doesn’t have enough customers. If it stays open, the district stands ready to assist with new marketing/promotion initiatives. If it closes, we intend to learn from what went wrong in order to help the next market at that location be successful.
More multifamily development is coming to the district. About 30 new units are under development on the Oak Park side of North Avenue. (Note: I was mistaken when I pegged this at 40-50 units in my interview. I apologize for the error.)
Another 90 units are proposed on the Chicago side, in addition to the former Sears site. We also want to explore multifamily development at other sites, identified by a recent Urban Land Institute technical assistance panel, including the former Walgreens site at North/Mobile in Chicago (directly across the street from Oak Park Market).
A new STEAM center for youth is planned for the Monumental Building at North/Moody in Chicago. As stated in the article, all this will help to build a customer base for Oak Park Market or a successor store in the same location.
Chair, North Avenue District Inc.