Maywood Hoping To Lure Another Grocery Store To Abandoned Mart 

The site of the former Maywood Market, located at 615 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood. The village hopes to find another business that can reopen the facility as a grocery store. | File 

Thursday, April 7, 2022 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Maywood officials have reignited the prospect of opening a full-service grocery store inside of the building that once housed the former Maywood Market, located at 615 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood. The store closed in 2011 after being open for less than two years. Since Aldi closed in 2016, Maywood has been without a full-service grocery store. 

During a village board meeting on April 5, Maywood Mayor Nathaniel George Booker introduced the idea of starting a requests for proposal (RFP) process in order to evaluate potential suitors. The village currently owns the old Maywood Market building. 

“There have been healthy conversations in regards to the grocery store and there are a couple different interested parties that would like to continue the conversation in regards to the possibility of opening a grocery store,” Booker said. 

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Booker said that he’s hoping the board approves the RFP later this month before going into the pre-bidding phase and conducting tours of the building with prospective grocers. The RFPs, which the mayor said could be due by the summer, would be vetted by several board committees before the village board makes any binding votes. 

During the board conversation, Trustee Isiah Brandon said that the village had been approached by Dollar Tree, which owns Family Dollar, about the prospect of their franchises locating inside of the old grocery store. 

And back in 2017, Ali Hamden, a Chicago businessman, came close to solidifying a deal with the village to open a grocery store inside of the building. According to a letter of intent drafted that year, Hamden offered to pay the village $400,000 to purchase the 22,000-square-foot building, which sits on a roughly 61,000-square-foot lot. Maywood owns both the building and the lot. That deal, however, fell through after Central Grocers, a wholesale food distributor based in Joliet, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Hamden said Central Grocers was his supplier. 

Trustee Shabaun Reyes-Plummer, who cochairs the village’s Ordinance and Policy Committee, said her committee will collaborate with entities like the zoning and planning commission and the Maywood Chamber of Commerce on exploring “the type of businesses we’re looking for to go in that property.” 

“I think this is what the community has been screaming at us [to do] for quite some time,” said Trustee Antonio Sanchez, who also cochairs the Ordinance and Policy Committee. “It’s a great first step.” 

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