Tuesday, June 24, 2014

24 June 2014: Welcome Back, Jewel-Osco!

It was a big day at the new Jewel-Osco supermarket in the building formerly occupied by Dominick's at Gateway Plaza on Howard St. The store had its grand opening today, and Alderman Joe Moore and Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk were on hand for the festivities. There hasn't been a Jewel in Rogers Park for more than twenty years, ever since they closed the store on Morse (where the Chase bank, laundromat, and Family Dollar are now) in August, 1993! 
The layout of the store is very similar to how it was for Dominick's, but everything is bright, clean, and shiny, and the employees were all friendly and helpful. I was never a big fan of Dominick's, and frankly, their closing has created a lot more variety in shopping options in the neighborhood. I will continue to be a loyal Morse Fresh Market and Glenwood Sunday Market customer, but the Jewel will definitely fill a gap, as will the Whole Foods coming to Edgewater next year. Now, if we could just get a Trader Joe's, i'd never have to leave the neighborhood again! 

A big crowd was on hand for the opening ceremony.

Ald. Joe Moore and Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk were on hand for
the celebration.

The management presented a check for $2,500 to HOW (Housing
Opportunities for Women), a local non-profit working to break the
cycle of poverty and homelessness.

Tommy Hawk put a smile on the face of shoppers who posed for pictures with him.
Go Hawks!

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