The new grocery store replacing shuttered Dominick’s at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue, Valli Produce, will be open as early as July, said Valli representatives Frank Greco and Carmen Presta. Mr. Greco made the announcement at the May 11 Administration and Public Works Committee in connection with Valli’s application for a liquor license (introduced unanimously without debate).
Valli anticipates “about the middle of July for an opening,” Mr. Greco said, with the store to “start filling shelves in the middle of June” followed by “a soft opening for a couple of weeks, leading to a grand opening” in mid-July.
Alderman Peter Braithwaite, whose Second Ward includes the Dempster-Dodge shopping center, thanked Valli for coming to Evanston and taking over the center. Referring to the liquor section, he said, “they did meet with the Evanston Police Department [and] the EPD was very happy with the scheme you came up with” for segregating the liquor department from the remainder at the store.
Problems with liquor thefts, some by underage youth, at the Dominick’s led to a controversial police outpost at the grocery store. There are no current plans for a return of the police outpost.
Alderman Delores Holmes, 5thh Ward, congratulated Valli for upgrades to the center, in particular the nail shop and Dance Center Evanston.
As for new tenants, Mr. Greco had one announcement: Play it Again Sports will be coming to the Dempster Dodge center soon.
“Excellent,” said Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward. “Asbury and Oakton is where they wanted to go [the current home of Little Beans cafe], but this is even better.”
Valli Produce Now Hiring
An employment application form is available on the Valli Produce website, www.valliproduc.com. Banners posted outside the store, 1910 Dempster St., advertise a job fair to be held there from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 2 and 3.