Grocery planned for Orland car dealer site
By Mike Nolan email@example.com August 21, 2012 4:23PM
Terry's Lincoln, 9401 W. 143rd St., Orland Park, would be demolished and a Pete's Fresh Market grocery store built there according to plans Pete's has filed with Orland Park.
Updated: September 23, 2012 6:08AM
Pete’s Fresh Market plans to buy and demolish a new-car dealership in Orland Park and in its place construct an 80,000-square-foot store.
The company, which has nine Chicago-area grocery stores, filed plans with the village earlier this month, according to Karie Friling, Orland Park’s director of development services.
The grocer is proposing to buy Terry’s Lincoln, 9401 W. 143rd St., raze the dealership and build a grocery store, Friling said.
Charlie Poulakis, Pete’s Fresh Market’s human resources executive, confirmed the company’s plans Tuesday, but said he couldn’t offer many details because those plans are still tentative and subject to village review and approval.
He said his company is supposed to close on its purchase of the Terry’s property, just east of LaGrange Road, at the end of this month.
Representatives with the car dealership were not available Tuesday for comment. The dealership has been in Orland Park since the early 1970s.
Initially, Pete’s Fresh Market considered taking the vacant Dominick’s store in the Orland Greens shopping center, northwest of LaGrange Road and 151st Street. Poulakis said the size of the space was too small for his company’s needs, and that Pete’s preferred to build from scratch.
Friling said village staff is reviewing the grocery’s plans, and that it might be October before the village’s plan commission considers the proposal.
Locally, Pete’s Fresh Market has stores on Chicago’s Southwest Side, Evergreen Park and Calumet City. The business started in the early 1970s as a produce stand on the South Side, according to a company history posted at its website.