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The Vitamin Shoppe Opens This Weekend in Wicker Park

Updated December 2, 2013 - The Vitamin Shoppe's Grand Opening is planned for this weekend in Wicker Park in the space formerly Blockbuster at Paulina and Milwaukee Avenue.

Updated November 1, 2013

We reported almost a year ago that Centrum Partners had bought the West Town Commons planning to rehab the shopping center, improve that rundown section of Milwaukee Avenue and increase rents.

The rehab is well underway with the terra cotta paint being sandblasted off the exterior. Blockbuster closed in July of this year and Oberweis also closed in that location citing the increasing rents as the reason for the move. DNAInfo is reporting 2 additional chains will be taking their place.

Pet Supplies Plus- Pet Supplies Plus is a large chain based in Michigan with a focus on natural foods and brands including: Natural Balance, Innova, Blue Buffalo and others. They will be heading into the 9,000 square foot space at 1295 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

The Vitamin Shoppe- is also opening a store in this location previously Blockbuster.

No word yet on when these new businesses will be opening their doors. 

Wicker Park's Southern Gateway Sees Development Boom [DNAInfo Chicago]

Published January 13, 2013

Major Renovation Planned for Wicker Park's Milwaukee Avenue

 - Centrum Partners plans to renovate this building. Photo from CoStar Group Inc.Photo credit: Chicago Real Estate Daily

Wicker Park- January 13, 2013 Well this certainly is the best news we've heard all week. The West Town Shopping Center (home of The Bar Method, Oberweiss, Payless, Radio Shack and others) may just be getting a much-needed makeover. According toChicago Real Estate Daily, plans are being discussed to renovate the former Wieboldt Department store building at 1272 N. Milwaukee Avenue.


According this week's report:

Centrum Partners LLC acquired the building in a $33 million dollar acquisition in December 2011. The Chicago-based developer plans to strip paint from the exterior of the former department store, repair and repaint the structure's terra cotta ornamentation and remove metal and synthetic cladding along the base of the structure.

Centrum also acquired the space currently leased to K-Mart and Jewel-Osco which includes 674 parking spaces.

Because the former Wieboldt's building is located in the historic landmark district, their plans must be approved by Chicago Landmarks. The plans were being presented on January 10, 2013.

This stretch of Milwaukee Avenue has struggled with its acquisition of commercial tenants because of its rundown appearance. The renovation is planned to change that. It is also planned to increase the rents in that location.




Milwaukee Avenue facing North towards Paulina in 1935. Photo credit CTA via wbez.org. You can see the evolution of Milwaukee Avenue here.





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