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Representatives of Bonnie Management, owners of Evanston Plaza at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue, said they have “no information” on what is to become of the 48,000-square-foot retail space once anchor tenant Dominick’s Food Store closes in late December. The closing date is reportedly Dec. 28.
Ron Pollastrini, vice president of Bonnie Management, said at the Nov. 14 Second Ward meeting that the uncertainty about the future of that space has “tied our hands” with potential tenants of other spaces in the shopping plaza. Dominick’s has a few years left on its lease, he said, and the restrictions of that lease – some of which give Dominick’s the right to veto certain potential tenants – would follow the new tenant there. He did say, however, that Bonnie Management “feels pretty optimistic that [the new tenant] is going to be another grocer.” He added, “Dominick’s said they would make an announcement this week.”
Several residents posed questions about potential tenants to Mr. Pollastrini. He was cautious in his answers, saying the kinds of tenants would be “what the market will bear” and said that Mid-America is in charge of the leasing at Evanston Plaza.
Second Ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite said he is “incredibly optimistic” about the future of the shopping plaza. The 48,000-square-foot space and a second one of 25,000 square feet will be attractive to national retailers, he said, adding, “There are deals that are pending about the location of grocery stores. Bonnie Management is being very aggressive.”
Amy Kleinfeld of Bonnie Management said the company has done some cosmetic touch-ups to the plaza – patching the parking lot surface, replacing the old canopies, installing more efficient LED lighting and repainting some of the area with beige and brown.