Novak Construction To Hold Official Groundbreaking for Whole Foods Market Lakeview
CHICAGO, IL Located at the highly visible and historic triple intersection of Ashland-Belmont-Lincoln Avenues on the city's north side, America's Healthiest Grocery Store is set to dig in to a new location. Novak Construction Company, the project's developer and its general contractor, announces the official groundbreaking ceremony at 3201 N. Ashland Ave. Construction on this Gensler-designed, ground-up, 70,000-square-foot store will start this month, replacing the current Whole Foods Market location at 3300 N. Ashland Ave. when complete.
"Activating this long vacant lot, the site of the former LaSalle Bank, was a priority for us once we acquired the property," said John Novak, Novak Construction's Founder/President. "As the sole tenant, we know Whole Foods Market will not only enhance the community and accommodate the needs of its residents, but also usher in an era of new businesses and activity in this location. We would love to see this project stimulate that kind of growth."
The new store will feature a second-story balcony for outdoor dining, additional indoor street-level dining along Ashland, and a vibrant year-round greenwall adjacent to a park setting on Melrose. The new Whole Foods Market location will bring improvements based on the current store's challenges, most notably increased aisle space, additional grocery and prepared food choices, and more parking.
"Whole Foods Market has proudly served the Lakeview community since 1996 and we're thrilled to bring our neighbors this new store," said Michael Bashaw, Midwest Regional President, Whole Foods Market. "This larger location will be filled with even more of the natural and organic foods that our customers love along with lots of new amenities, services and even a few surprises that we hope will delight our shoppers."
In addition to Whole Foods Market Lakeview, Novak Construction worked with several Lakeview neighborhood constituencies to make this groundbreaking happen, including Alderman Tom Tunney and his team, St. Luke's Pastor David Abrahamson, the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, and the West Lakeview Neighbors Association. The expected opening is planned for spring 2017.