Another retailer announces development plans for Toyota Park
Bridgeview Mayor Steven Landek announced Sunday that the Village Board has approved the sale of land for a new Toyota Park retailer.
Circle K, a national owner and operator of fueling and convenience centers, will open their second Bridgeview location beginning in the Spring, Landek said.
Already located at 87th and Harlem Avenue, Circle K officials said they made their decision based on locating near Toyota Park, where they believe they see benefits to their company.
“With over 300,000 people each year coming to Toyota Park, Circle K wants to provide fuel, and a first class convenience center,” Landek said.
“Building a strong retail base at Toyota Park has always been our priority. But the economic downslide over the years has caused unexpected delays in reaching those objectives. We have seen recently renewed interest from retail owners like Circle K as the economy slowly continues it’s recovery.”
The new building, which is modeled after their newest Bolingbrook location, will provide a new look to the corner of 71st and Harlem.
It will be themed for the Bridgeview, the stadium and the Chicago Fire, Landek said.
The building site will be along Harlem Avenue just north of 71st and will provide “a new feel to users of the stadium” and will be boosted by the 70,000 cars and trucks which travel past the new store location.
Unlike other Circle K fueling centers, this location will also fuel trucks to help serve the weekday industrial base. The center is located closest to one of the busiest truck and train transfer centers in the Midwest. During off times at the stadium, the additional traffic will be easy to handle Landek said.
“On weekends that customer base decrease and a whole new group of stadium users will enter the site,” he said.
The project has been in the planning stages for many months. The convenience/fueling center, PACE transit center will provide the basis for future retail development.
Although retail development was sidetracked during the economic downturn, there has been significant renewed interest in the site by developers and major retailers.
Circle K is expected to be only the start of announcement this year about the addition of more retail center adding to the new construction momentum.
All money generated by the new retailer will be committed to pay stadium costs,” Landek said.
“Our plan has always been to have the new retailers who benefit from the stadium to pay their share for the stadium,” Landek explained.
“The property taxes, fuel and business fees will help set us on that path. As future development occurs the same philosophy will be held. Commit those funds to the stadium.”
The multimillion dollar project is scheduled to begin this spring and the store should be open by Labor Day.
Hanania covered Chicago political beats including Chicago City Hall while at the Daily Southtown Newspapers (1976-1985) and later for the Chicago Sun-Times (1985-1992). He published The Villager Community Newspapers covering 12 Southwest suburban regions (1993-1997). Hanania also hosted live political news radio talkshows on WLS AM (1980 - 1991), and also on WBBM FM, WLUP FM, WSBC AM in Chicago, and WNZK AM in Detroit.
The recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, Hanania was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hananiaalso received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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