Finally, the wait is nearly over to see the former Dominick’s at Baker Hill filled with a new grocery store, as a $1.25 million sales tax rebate was awarded by the Village Board to the owner of the shopping center on Monday. This tax incentive will be used to help Pete’s Fresh Market move into the 72,000 square foot space that has been left vacant for far too long.
It will be four years in December since we saw Dominick’s operating in that space, and we’ve detailed how the owner of Jewel has been paying the rent there to keep it vacant. For the poor businesses in Bunker Hill who have been severely harmed by the lack of an anchor store in this shopping center, this is all mercifully coming to an end soon with some help from the village.
According to an FAQ, the property owner requested help with the costs in refurbishing the vacant grocery store, which will total over $13 million of private investment between Phillips Edison & Company, the owner of Baker Hill Shopping Center, and Pete’s Fresh Market.
At their meeting on September 25, the Village Board also approved plans to move forward with a 13,111 square foot drive-thru CVS (which had previously been rumored) to go alongside the new drive-thru Panera that’s currently under construction at 799 Roosevelt Road, just east of Nicholl Way.
With Walgreens located at the far west side of Glen Ellyn on Roosevelt, this appears to be the most convenient location for everyone, being located near the eastern border of town. This gives each pharmacy two distinctive markets with the least amount of overlap, while also staying as convenient as possible for the north and south sides of town. The frame of Panera is currently up, and the new sidewalk around the perimeter of the area has been freshly laid.
The big question remaining is when will we see these new businesses in action? While we don’t know the answer that right now, if you really have a hankering for some quick and easy Panera the location in Downers Grove at 160 Ogden Ave is expected to open their drive thru lane this week. According to minutes from a village meeting on February 1, both the Panera and CVS should be completed around the same time.
Stay tuned for new updates concerning these and any other business developments happening in and around Glen Ellyn.