With the surge in the number of people living in the South Loop and Chinatown, the number of grocery stores in the area continues to grow as well. The newest location will be 400 West 18th Street, just across the river from Chinatown’s Ping Tom Park. The new store is technically in the East Pilsen neighborhood on the east side of South Canal Street between 17th and 18th. Currently, the location is a vacant lot.
An organization called New Chinatown Real Estate has filed paperwork with the city to build a single-story supermarket of about 47,000 square feet, plus 153 parking spaces.
Chinatown has been flourishing over the last few years, and its cultural and demographic footprint has expanded into Bridgeport and Pilsen. This supermarket is intended to cater to the tastes of those Chinatown customers, with a very large fish section and separate sections specializing in herbs, teas, and china.
There will also be a small food court offering noodles, sushi, and Korean barbecue.
Here’s the nitty gritty:
- Developer: New Chinatown Real Estate LLC
- Maximum height: 32 feet, six inches
- Parking spaces: 153 in two lots, one across South Stewart Street
- Loading docks: 1
- Check-out lanes: 10, including handicapped check-out at customer service desk
- Aisles: 12
- Maximum floor area ratio: 1.0
- Green roof alert! 22,092 square feet