New grocery store coming to Glenview
Heinen's Fine Foods opened in Barrington this year. Glenview village trustees approved leasing the former Dominick's to Heinen's on Waukegan Road. | COURTESY HEINEN'S FINE FOODS
Updated: January 28, 2013 6:13AM
GLENVIEW — The long-vacant Dominick’s grocery store on Waukegan Road in Glenview has been leased to Cleveland-based Heinen’s Fine Foods.
The company operates 18 stores, including its first one in Illinois opening earlier this year in Barrington.
On Dec. 11, owner Jeff Heinen told village trustees the family-owned company was in the grocery business for 83 years.
“We’ve built a strong reputation on quality products and service. We have a quality track record that has been successful against strong competition,” he said.
Mary Bak, village director of planning, said Heinen’s will invest $10-$12 million into the new 35,000-square-foot building at 1020 Waukegan Road.
Heinen’s will offer grocery staples, plus specialty departments in baked goods, cheese, floral, deli, natural/organic, produce, prepared foods, meat, seafood and wine.
The village will demolish the current building and prepare the site for construction and perform soil remediation if needed.
The store’s opening date is between June 1 and Nov. 1, 2014.
The lease agreement from the village is for 10 years and rent is $156,000 a year with property possibly deeded to Heinen’s in 2023.
In 2007, Glenview bought the Dominick’s site when the company decided to close it following the opening of a new Dominick’s at 1340 Patriot Blvd. in The Glen.
In a downtown revitalization planning effort, residents, nearby business owners and village consultants said a grocery store is an important anchor for downtown.
“Market studies completed in 2008 and 2011 confirmed that market demand continues to exist for food service retail in this location, despite a highly competitive marketplace with many independents and regional chain grocery stores,” stated a village report.
“We found this project to be in the best interest of our community and hope it will be a catalyst in the redevelopment of downtown,” said Village President Kerry Cummings.
In the lease agreement, the village will own the Heinen’s building and all improvements if the store or its successor fails to remain open for 10 years.