The Evanston Land Use Commission voted 6-0 to recommend a special use permit for a new convenience store at 831 Foster St. after its May 24 meeting. 

“I thought it was a great location for students and the community, right by the Foster Street train station,” said applicant Mohammed Abdelmajid, who added that the establishment was likely to get ample foot traffic.

The 831 Foster St. site (marked by red stripe in photo) is one of four ground-floor spaces in a mixed-use building just east of the CTA Purple Line. Credit: City of Evanston packet

Abdelmajid was accompanied at the meeting by two family members who run the Hollywood Deli in the Edgewater neighborhood in Chicago. The Evanston convenience store will offer food, beverages, household goods and tobacco products, according to its application.

Abdelmajid told the commission the store would offer deli sandwiches prepared on the spot.

The store will be open initially from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and will usually have two employees, one at the register, the other at the deli counter.

Abdeljamid’s proposal now heads to the full City Council. 

Two interrelated cases, both involving a proposed restaurant, Windy City Flavors, for 1808 Dempster St., were continued until the commission’s June 28 meeting.

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