Today's announcement from Hank Webber:
I am pleased to tell you that the University has signed a lease with Treasure Island to open a grocery store in the Hyde Park Shopping Center at 55th Street and Lake Park. Treasure Island is working intensively to obtain a number of city business licenses that are required. Although the timing of this process is somewhat uncertain, Treasure Island has set a goal of opening the new store before the end of February.
Treasure Island, a locally owned grocer (see www.tifoods.com), plans to make major renovations to both the interior and exterior of the store, while maintaining operations throughout the remodeling. It will be some months before the renovations are completed, but we believe they will be worth the wait.
Treasure Island will occupy the space formerly leased by the Hyde Park Co-op. Given the Co-op’s serious financial difficulties, the University worked closely with the Co-op Board to ensure the smoothest possible transition to a new store. The Co-op’s licensing agreement for the 55th Street store will expire at the end of January, and the Co-op anticipates closing its operations by January 20 as its current food supplies are sold.
All of the current Hyde Park Co-op employees who are interested in working at the new store will be invited to interview for employment, beginning as early as this week. Additionally, the University has worked with Alderman Toni Preckwinkle to ensure that city and state resources, support, information and training are made available to the Co-op employees.
Beginning immediately, Treasure Island is offering on-line shopping and delivery service to the Hyde Park community. For information, visit www.tifoods.com and click on the “personal shopper” link. Treasure Island has also agreed to immediately take over the Co-op’s shopping and delivery program to the area shut-ins, ensuring continuous service to those who cannot do their own shopping.
In addition to the news about Treasure Island, we are looking forward to the opening by the end of January of the new Hyde Park Produce in Kimbark Plaza at 1226 E. 53rd Street. The new store will be more than three times larger than the current store at 1312 E. 53rd Street, providing a significantly larger selection of produce, meats, cheeses, and other foods.
Since we are in a period of transition, we want to remind you of other Hyde Park grocery shopping locations near the University, including:
- Harper Foods, 1455 E. 57th Street, 773-363-6251
University Market, 1323 E. 57th Street, 773-363-0070 Village Foods, 1521 E. Hyde Park Blvd. (Village Center), 773-288-8180 Market in the Park (Regents Park), 5050 S. Lake Shore Drive, 773-734-3687
A detailed map with shopping alternatives can be found on the web at http://oca.uchicago.edu/ More information about shopping options is available through the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce at contact@hydeparkchamberchicago
Henry S. Webber
Vice President, Community and Government Affairs