While construction on CVS in North Riverside isn’t expected to begin until later this year, major construction is set to begin kitty-corner from the site at the Cermak Plaza in Berwyn.
Today, city officials will don hard hats and hoist silver-tipped spades to celebrate the ground-breaking of a $10 million renovation that will include a complete resurfacing of the parking lot and the demolition of one-third of the 1950s-era the shopping center to allow for the construction of a supermarket that will cover up to 100,000 square feet of space.
According to Michael Flight, president of Concordia Realty Corporation, which manages the property, resurfacing the parking lot will begin immediately and will be done in phases from west to east. That work is slated to be completed some time in June.
In mid-summer, work crews will begin a façade renovation for the western part of the shopping center. Demolition of the shopping center from the former Service Merchandise space through the Office Depot space is not expected to begin until later this year.
“We have a supermarket looking to take up to 100,000 square feet,” Flight said. Asked if Food4Less, previously rumored as a possible tenant, was still being considered, Flight said the store was in the picture, but he couldn’t confirm whether it was the store he was negotiating with.
Flight said he was finalizing leases for tenants to occupy the vacant Circuit City and Walgreens spaces. Office Depot is believed to be one of the potential tenants in one of those spaces. Payless Shoes, whose current storefront is slated for demolition, may be another.
Marshall’s has already expanded into a portion of the former Walgreens space and has undergone an interior face-lift.