Kennah Wells, center, helps cut the opening ribbon with her father, store manager Brian Wells, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Aldermen Ann Rainey and Delores Holmes, and GFS employees on June 19. Photo by Maya Kosover

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 19, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and aldermen Ann Rainey and Delores Holmes welcomed to Evanston GFS Marketplace, the new grocery store at 2424 Oakton St.

Store manager Brian Wells said he appreciated everyone’s contribution “to making sure the store succeeds. Employees from other stores came and stocked the shelves, so the store could open on time, said Brian Larson, regional commercial sales manger. “This Evanston store – we couldn’t be more excited to have it to support our customers and employees,” he added.

Ald. Rainey, in whose Eighth Ward the new store lies, said, “The store speaks for itself.” She thanked members of the Gordon Family for coming to Evanston and said they did a “great job” of turning the vacant lot into a commercial enterprise. The City gave $100,000 to GFS to help with some of their expenses, she said.

Mayor Tisdahl said, “You’ve done an incredible job of building a beautiful store in a very short time. … Welcome to Evanston. We will support you.”

Almost as an afterthought she said, “Keep the bike racks. This is Evanston.”

As its gift to the City, GFS presented a check for $1,000 to Interfaith Action of Evanston. The week of grand opening festivities continues through June 23, with daily food tastings and a chance to win a $300 shopping spree. Shoppers will have an opportunity to sample some of GFS Marketplace’s most popular items at the Giant Taste Fest on Friday and Saturday of this week.