Jewel to close third week of June

Jewel to close third week of June

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#1 Apr 28, 2009
I hope Mayor Peloquin can save our Jewel. My mom has no car and walks to Jewel to do her shopping.
observing blue island

Chicago, IL

#2 Apr 28, 2009
I heard the 24 is target closing date. reason being a new store on 119th near the expressway on the chicago side is to open call write the itasca office location not melrose park. Itasca is the main place headquarters employess were informed friday.I for one will not go there to pay chicago taxes plus and its not a safe area . when you go to jewel take note when you recieve your reciept there is a survey number to call also there is a bright orange sign by the cashier requesting that you call it in perhaps.an impact as big as this store closure I am sure the mayor would have been notified.perhaps he "is looking into this" already.
Rose

Wheaton, IL

#3 Apr 29, 2009
Maybe the should remove that mediam on 127th Street. Since the mediam has been put up I have shopped at Jewels & Walgreens about five times.
concerned in BI

Merrillville, IN

#4 Apr 29, 2009
Domingo Vargas is the alderman for the 7th ward where the Jewel is located. If he really wants to be mayor, maybe he should work to keep the largest business in his ward open.
Sabastian

Midlothian, IL

#5 May 2, 2009
WE did our weekly grocery shopping @ the Blue Island Jewel Last night. It was very busy, Hard to believe this store is closing. I sure will miss it.It seems like Blue Island is becoming a shopping Mecca with the new Aldi's and all the great family owned Mexican stores. The other ethnic groceries.
This is not only a great loss for the Blue Island area but for Jewel also. Hope they change their mind.
Life long resident of B I

Midlothian, IL

#6 May 16, 2009
Why this silence from the elected officials? How will this tax base be replaced? Will there be any layoffs @ city hall? How could this be prevented? What business will be next to close? How will this effect our property values? When did Jewel notify the Mayor? Has this been rumored for over two years?
Inquiring minds want to know
Perry

Edwardsburg, MI

#7 May 21, 2009
The Political Action Committee also known as The Center For Neighborhood Technology came to Blue Island over four years ago. They were active in at least two mayoral campaigns, and even had the audacity to hold a meeting on Ash Wednesday of this year. What have they done? They can't even save our crown jewel, Jewel food store from leaving Blue Island.
They tell us they are working for free, but the truth is that they already cost the city a fortune.
Sad but true

Chicago, IL

#8 May 21, 2009
The reality is Jewel is an independent company and is going to do what is best for their profits. There is not much the mayor can do to save Jewel. As Jewel may lose some Blue Island residents as customers, they will gain a whole new set of customers from Chicago. This new Jewel is accessible by CTA and it is visible from I-57.I hate to see the business move out of Blue Island but I think it is time for Blue Island to change some of it's business practices so we don't keep losing businesses. We have had the same mayor for the last 25 years and every year our city gets worse! Wake up residents and pay attention.
pat

Edwardsburg, MI

#9 May 23, 2009
We just came back from Jewel food store, it was packed. I just refuse to believe they are closing.
Zeus

Midlothian, IL

#10 May 27, 2009
If it was a month before the Mayoral election, the Mayor would have his Political Action Committee, THE Center FOR Neighborhood Technology prepare an elaborate, grandiose plan for the Jewel property. They would hire Kane McKenna and Associates to form a TIF district.Tax Increment Financing District, so they can hide from you, how your tax dollars are being spent. Of course, they will tell you this is all being done FREE OF CHARGE! By now you know the drill. But this is not necessary, the Mayor is good to go for another four years!
Sue

El Dorado Hills, CA

#11 May 27, 2009
Blue Island has the worst Jewel food store I've ever been to. The staff is overworked, the parking lot after dark is dangerous, and their prices are sky-high. In addition, I'm a senior citizen and having to pass through the homeless at the store entrance even in broad daylight to get into the store is stressful. I will not miss the store at all and hope we get better in Blue Island since we certainly can do better than this.
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#12 May 27, 2009
Sue wrote:
Blue Island has the worst Jewel food store I've ever been to. The staff is overworked, the parking lot after dark is dangerous, and their prices are sky-high. In addition, I'm a senior citizen and having to pass through the homeless at the store entrance even in broad daylight to get into the store is stressful. I will not miss the store at all and hope we get better in Blue Island since we certainly can do better than this.
Well, Sue I am sure you will be happy to know the new store on 119th and Ashland in Chicago will open soon.
Enjoy!(Don't ask any questions about the number of robberies at that particular location.)
Sue

El Dorado Hills, CA

#13 May 27, 2009
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Well, Sue I am sure you will be happy to know the new store on 119th and Ashland in Chicago will open soon.
Enjoy!(Don't ask any questions about the number of robberies at that particular location.)
I've already been there and the security is excellent. I heard about the shootings at the Ashland location but the new mall seems to have a handle on the situation. It's one thing to praise the Jewel in BI but they are abandoning Blue Island and there were longstanding problems at that location for years: no amount of rose-tinted nostalgia for the soon-to-be-gone Jewel changes that.
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#14 May 27, 2009
Sue wrote:
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I've already been there and the security is excellent. I heard about the shootings at the Ashland location but the new mall seems to have a handle on the situation. It's one thing to praise the Jewel in BI but they are abandoning Blue Island and there were longstanding problems at that location for years: no amount of rose-tinted nostalgia for the soon-to-be-gone Jewel changes that.
That location is not in Blue Island!

The tax loss from Blue Island's only major store is not going to benefit Blue Island where there are more than enough dark windows from closed businesses.
Sue

Gilman, IL

#15 May 27, 2009
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That location is not in Blue Island!
The tax loss from Blue Island's only major store is not going to benefit Blue Island where there are more than enough dark windows from closed businesses.
Uh, yes I do know that but my point is Jewel is not being forced out but is leaving for a better deal and more customers in Chicago. Major supermarket chains tend to abandon markets with large Latino communities since the stores cannot compete with independent Hispanic groceries--and we have a few fine examples in Blue Island now. Jewel is a business, after all and needs to remain profitable and you cannot prosper when 50% of the population are not regular shoppers. Calumet Park was a food desert for years after Kissel's closed but when Ultra came in many shoppers from Blue Island abandoned Jewel's to shop there.(Oh, and Calumet Park residents and fringe Chicago shoppers no longer had to depend on Jewel as the ONLY grocery store in the area)
This is not the fault of Mayor Peloquin or Domingo Vargas but a case of a bad economy and changing population.
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#16 May 27, 2009
Sue wrote:
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Uh, yes I do know that but my point is Jewel is not being forced out but is leaving for a better deal and more customers in Chicago. Major supermarket chains tend to abandon markets with large Latino communities since the stores cannot compete with independent Hispanic groceries--and we have a few fine examples in Blue Island now. Jewel is a business, after all and needs to remain profitable and you cannot prosper when 50% of the population are not regular shoppers. Calumet Park was a food desert for years after Kissel's closed but when Ultra came in many shoppers from Blue Island abandoned Jewel's to shop there.(Oh, and Calumet Park residents and fringe Chicago shoppers no longer had to depend on Jewel as the ONLY grocery store in the area)
This is not the fault of Mayor Peloquin or Domingo Vargas but a case of a bad economy and changing population.
What IS your point?
Sue

Gilman, IL

#17 May 27, 2009
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What IS your point?
Point is, I miss Sears, and I miss the Certified that changed to the Five Star Grocery, which changed into Moraine Valley. I miss Kline’s, the record store, Mother of Sorrow's HS, and am totally sad that Memorial Park is no longer a cemetery but a place where the living cavort and sport. Change happens and so we’re losing a chain grocery story—big whoops.
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#18 May 27, 2009
Enjoy what we have in Blue Island;
while we still have it!
Leo

Tinley Park, IL

#19 May 27, 2009
Jewel can compete with the small Mexican groceries but chose not to. With their economies of scale they could put every small grocer out of business in Blue Island. The truth is that Chicago put together a package sort of what Blue Island gave the new Aldi, Walgreen, Korbakes. Tax incentives. Mayor Peloquin reduced his friends and relatives business tax from 37% down to 16% of assessed valuation. When was the last time he talked with Jewel Corporate to see how the Blue Island store was doing? How does the Alderman and the Mayor plan to make up for this tax loss?
Felix

Tinley Park, IL

#20 May 27, 2009
I think Zeus is 100% right.

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