New Grocery Store to Occupy Former Michael's Location

Shop and Save Market coming to Downers Grove.

A new grocery store is coming to Downers Grove to fill the void left by . Shop and Save Market, with five Chicagoland locations, will hopefully open a Downers Grove outpost this year.

A representative for Shop and Save wasn't exactly sure when the store is expecting to open, but he did say he'd have that information soon. The hope, it appears, is to open in the Fall, though nothing is certain.

Signage at the location indicate they are accepting applications, so if you're interested, visit their website HERE.

Shop and Save Market currently has locations in Niles, Des Plaines, Schaumburg, Bridgeview and Chicago.

We will have more information on the store's plans early next week.

Jim Cady May 24, 2012 at 01:21 PM
A discount grocery store basically across the street from Ultra Foods. Who does the location market research for these companies?
Cliff Grammich May 24, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I had the same reaction at first, but http://shopandsavemarket.com/about-us.html makes it sound like this store is trying for something a little different. We'll see. I wish it well.
Cliff Grammich May 24, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Also, for what it's worth, here's a Patch article on the Niles store: http://niles.patch.com/articles/shop-save-offers-wide-selection-of-ethnic-foods
Susan Carroll May 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I sincerely hope it does well. I'm glad to see this story; my friends and I were just talking about it yesterday! (P.S. are you listening in on my conversations?)
Karen Encher Skala May 24, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I thought the Michael's Fresh Market was a beautiful store. My husband and I enjoyed trying some of the different things in the deli, prepared foods and various ethnic aisles. I'm not sure we really need another grocery store, but at least its not another bank...
Tony Cesare May 24, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Shop and Save is a discount grocer alla. Butera-exactly the store so many seniors wanted to see located in the downtown area. Although I disagree that it would be appropriate for downtown, there is that undeveloped former bank on Forest just South of the tracks, to bad they couldn't have put it there.
TI May 24, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Personally, I would love to see a Whole Foods open on that corner...but for some reason seems like grocery stores do not do well there...good luck.
PAUL C. May 24, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Tony, You just hit a homerun! That would be a perfect spot with all the seniors living in and around that area. The only drawback for Shop and Save would have been the cost to demolish the building and build a new store. The council possibly could vote that the business pay no property taxes for 5 years as an incentative to beautify that ugly site.
Dominic Polito May 24, 2012 at 05:13 PM
That's a poor location for seniors. Something in the downtown area is a must. What's wrong with a small store selling your basic needs. With a small affordable butcher shop in the back. That site will never work. We need a mom and pop store that's just a hop skip and away. I recently heard Downers Grove is the most educated community in the United States. Where 36% of the residents hold bachelor's degrees. Compared to 26% as the average across the nation. C'mon people lets figure this one out then ! Lemon Tree grocery wasn't the answer and Shop and Save wont be either.
Robert Bykowski May 25, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Yes, but if I ever forget to, remind me!
Patricia Vlcek May 26, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I would rather see Trader Joe's there if it has to be a grocery store. There is a glut of competing pharmacies, grocery stores, cosmetic stores etc. in such close proximity of each other in our own town. Enough already.
Tom Haskell June 09, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I welcome Shop and Save! Is it so much to ask for a smaller-sized, clean, affordable fresh market (like Michael's was, when they first opened)? Ultra's my go-to now, but I can't stand how large and crowded it is, and their fresh meats/vegetables aren't really the best. Whole foods=whole paycheck. Trader Joe's isn't exactly your one-stop-shop for typical weekly groceries, it's more for the odds-n-ends and interesting tidbits you pick up for a party. I can't wait to see what they're all about.
Shopper October 10, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Dear Editor, Wondering if there is a follow up to this story. The Shop N Save location in Downers Grove does not show much activity. When exactly will this store open, if the deal is truly finalized? I heard last year that a Caputo's market was supposed to occupy that spot, but it never materialized. Would really like to see the vacant spot filled with some type of grocery store so that there are other alternatives in that area other than Ultra. Eager Shopper
TeacherJVV November 19, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I work near two Shop N Save stores, in Des Plaines and Niles. I am THRILLED that they are opening up in Downers Grove. These stores are large Polish delis which offer some truly amazing prepared foods and bakery goods. If you are a fan of Polish delis with incredibly good prices, tasty food, wide selection and a superb bakery, you will soon be as excited as I am. Can't wait!!


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