Trader Joe’s is eyeing the former space of CB2 in the 3700 block of Lincoln Ave. CB2 closed the Lincoln Avenue store January 17th after operating there for ten years. Trader Joe’s confirmed they were expanding but wouldn’t confirm how much space the store will assume.
The CB2 space was closed as the chain moved to consolidate operations in trendy areas. CB2 still maintains a store at 800 W North Ave and at six other locations.
The plan, which has already been seen by 47th Ward Alderman Eugene Schulter, calls for Trader Joe’s to take part of the former CB2 space.
“We can confirm that we’re expanding [our store]“, said Trader Joe’s corporate spokesperson Alison Mochizuki. But the headquarters staff declined to say more.
Off-the-record, store staff report that Trader Joe’s is planning to occupy only part of the former CB2 space, and that the expansion should be completed by the end of 2010.
Calls to representatives of Mid-America Real Estate Corporation, who is marketing the property at 3745 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL, to learn more about plans for the remainder of the property space, were not returned.