What about the loss of Elliott's Dairy?

What about the loss of Elliott's Dairy?

Created by SGS on Mar 19, 2010

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I never shopped at the place

Will miss the deli

Will miss the bakery

People running it messed up

Let it be a Walgreens

Who cares

Jill Urbanski Boyd

Anchorage, AK

#21 Mar 25, 2010
I have many fond memories of the place. I worked there all through HS and college and am sad to see it go. If you talk to Steve or Peggy please tell them I wish them well for Jill in Alaska. I wish I knew the real story...
jm filas


#22 Mar 25, 2010
Desperately Seeking Info wrote:
I came from the suburbs for their hot corned beef, barrel pickles and chocolate donuts. I was one of my guilty weekend pleasures. First Kiddyland, now Elliott's. What's next? Since I am addicted to their donuts does anyone know what bakery they came from?
hi the pastries were delivered from allegrettis located on lawrence ave 6 blocks west of harlem. hope this helps. ps their rye breas was from oven fresh, located at harlem and foster. their broasted chicken came from chicken royal at 5930 w lawrence norridge. they had this information on their door.

Since: Mar 10

Woodridge, IL

#23 Mar 25, 2010
If some of you know the building was for sale at what asking price, who was going to or not going to bid on it, and etc.. Then why would you come to conclusion that they closed the doors rudely without class and left debt? Why wouldn't you come up with the assumption that the landlord was kicking them out because they were selling the building, and prospective new owners have other plans for the property, lets just say maybe a wonderful "big box store". How quick did that sign appear in front of the store? Its happening everywhere. The mom and pop stores are getting beaten by the corporate stores.

Think about it.. St. Patricks Day to Elliotts was like Christmas to retail stores. I think they went out with enough class to give the neighborhood their "St. Patricks Day".

Fred I am glad to hear that you looked up to Steve that way. He is a great, honest, and caring man. I don't think the man has a mean or deceiptful bone in his body.

Woodridge, IL

#24 Mar 25, 2010
Loyal customers like myself have been shopping at Elliott's for decades. Why should we have to assume anything? People who worked there write they know "the true story" and "what really happened". Myself and others went out of our way to spend even more money there to help keep the place afloat. So what happened? We have spend tons of money there to support a local business. I think we deserve some kind of answer. With a major grocery store across the street I think they did a great job of milking it out as long as they did. But could somebody PLEASE once and for all explain to all of us why we no longer can shop at Elliott's?
gene and ruth

Schaumburg, IL

#25 Mar 25, 2010
What a great deli. We live in west Schaumburg and drove all the way to Harwood Heights in Chicago to purchase their deli items. Life has changed for us.
Desperately Seeking Info

Louisville, KY

#26 Mar 26, 2010
Thanks to all for your helpful information. I will be on the look out for "Elliott's Jr".

Chicago, IL

#27 Mar 26, 2010
steve was a total stud. nuff said.
The Daily V

United States

#28 Mar 27, 2010
Elliott's has been so good to our neighborhood over the years. I felt a need to write about it: http://www.thedailyv.com/...

Chicago, IL

#29 Mar 29, 2010
this this press paper will have info about elliotts in it.
Df Herv

Woodridge, IL

#30 Mar 30, 2010
wow! i worked there. this is so not true. WE ALL busted out asses, and class..we are a classic mom and pop style, we are a blast from the past with a strange band of characters (the employees) to go along with. So dont start no stupid talk, dont spread FALSE rumors you have heard as the truth behind the closing
Mr Retail

Chicago, IL

#31 Mar 30, 2010
After reviewing some information and pictures I think it is POSSIBLE they will reopen in another location before the year is out. Alot of people are VERY upset over the closure of the Harwood Heights location.

Schaumburg, IL

#32 Mar 31, 2010
they have no plans to reopen.

Chicago, IL

#33 Mar 31, 2010
Sadly I don't think I will waste my time or money to help support a "local" business again. I find it very odd how Mr. Harbin and his "partner" went about closing the store. Very sad and odd indeed. I'm sure he's not lost any sleep over it. I don't feel sorry for him. I feel sorry for the seniors who got cut off without any notice. Feel sorry for the property owner. He has to pay $60,000 in property taxes on something not earning income!
Mr Retail

Chicago, IL

#34 Apr 1, 2010
It would be foolish for ANYBODY not to reopen a store like Elliott's. As long as you stay in the same general area you will have most of the same customer base. You carry the the stuff that did the best. The deli, bakery, meat and basic grocery items. No need to carry booze, smokes, lottery, an whole aisle of bread & cookies, etc. Perhaps a little space to put some chairs & tables. It does not matter if there is a polish deli on every corner. Do what you do best and the people will come. People have been coming for more than 40 years!

Milwaukee, WI

#35 Apr 3, 2010
you should feel sorry for steve n his partner they just lost basically all their lives were about and you people think they just took the money made from st pats day which is not the case at all. you people need to try and understand what the owners n employees are going through

United States

#36 Apr 4, 2010
My mistake! Rich is paying just over $32,500 in property taxes on over valued property now not earning income. I'm bad!

Milwaukee, WI

#37 Apr 4, 2010
and u kno rich elliott? mr millionaire who didnt try n help out? when stuff kept constantly breaking down in that damn old building. elliotts closed pretty much cause everything was breaking down all the time and where was he to lend a lil hand. look now hes left with property that will prob not sell for a while.

United States

#38 Apr 5, 2010
I do not know Richard Elliott nor do I want to know him. The store has been closed almost 3 weeks and is now an eyesore. Why are the Elliott signs still up? Why are the windows not covered with plain brown paper? I would think if he wanted to sell he would make the place LOOK decent. The property will be on the maket for a very long time. When was the last time he was even in the city? We can't shop there anymore now we have to look at it rot away even more?
Jeff Jordan

Chicago, IL

#39 Apr 25, 2010
I've been going in that store since it was Swiss Dairy. My first job was working there for the Elliotts. Until the day they closed I bought more for $50.00 there than any other store in the neighborhood. The butcher shop always had great meat. The day before they closed Steve handed me a great piece of corned beef for St Pattys day and the following day I returned for more and found out they closed. Sure wish Steve would have said something then. Maybe a business solution could have been reached. Either way I sure hope somebody keeps the store alive. Our family sure misses the store. When Rich and Joan Elliott ran the place it was a goldmine and a great place for young kids to work as well as for adults. Hopefully somebody can do it again. Good luck to you Steve. You always treated me with respect and kindness.
Colleen Gillen

Gurnee, IL

#40 Sep 8, 2010
Would love to know the meat source for the corned beef... I know it was old fashion out of chicago.....but I'm having a difficult time locating them online.

Anyone who knows please help

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