Save A Lot set to open in Englewood next month despite residents disapproval
CHICAGO - Save A Lot was set to open in Englewood earlier this month, but those plans were put on hold.
On Thursday, the owners said the store will now open in a few weeks.
Earlier this month, protesters gathered in front of the shuttered Whole Foods demanding that the Save A Lot not open in the Englewood community. However, the owners of Yellow Banana have a licensing agreement to open the grocery store.
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During the protest, the owners listened to the community and have since met with the alderman.
"It's remarkable that we're being protested for bringing a store into a community where there were no other takers," said Michael Nance, Partner at Yellow Banana. "So it's not like we were the first option. We started conversations with Whole Foods in the spring of last year. They didn't go anywhere, we decided it wasn't going to work and no one else came to the table."
The owners are also investing $26.5 million into several Save A Lot locations in Chicago, making several upgrades. Nearly half of that money is coming from a city grant.
The Save A Lot Englewood location near 63rd and Halsted is set to open sometime in May.