Construction at the Jewel-Osco site at 3630 N. Southport Ave. has been moving quickly, with Jewel officials planning for a fall 2010 opening date.
“The sidewalk is expected to be reopened by mid-September,” said Jewel-Osco spokesperson Karen May.
Jewel-Osco originally announced plans for a 52,000 square foot store to replace the old facility, but the floor space has been expanded to 62,000 with plans to obtain a LEED silver rating as a “green” building.
The new store’s layout will also be different and will include a full-service Osco pharmacy.
“Previous Jewel stores used a Premium Fresh and Healthy design [concept],” said May. The new store will incorporate a “Neighborhood Market” concept, as well as a custom decor including a Wrigley Field mock-up and photos of the neighborhood.
Update (8/16/10): A commenter asked what will happen to the old Osco across the street. Here’s what Jewel-Osco spokesperson Karen May had to say: “When SUPERVALU purchased Albertsons’ companies, including JEWEL-OSCO, all of the stand-alone OSCO stores went to CVS, which now operates the former Osco store.”