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New Grocery Store Part of First Development in Romeoville's Uptown Square

Mayor John Noak said it was a priority of the Village Board to move ahead with a pla to bring a grocer to town.

A new 4,000-square foot grocery store will be part of the first development in Romeoville's Uptown Square. Credit: Village of Romeoville.
A new 4,000-square foot grocery store will be part of the first development in Romeoville's Uptown Square. Credit: Village of Romeoville.
Big news about a big new development in Romeoville.

At a board meeting earlier this week, Village Trustees approved the first commercial development in Uptown Square.

The development agreement with BG Investments, LLC, is to construct a 10,000-square foot building at the corner of Phelps Avenue and Illinois Route 53, according to a Village E-News alert. The new facility will include a Fat Ricky's Restaurant, a delicatessen and a 4,000-square foot grocery store—Franconi's.

"We are very excited about this new development," stated Mayor John Noak in the Village E-News alert. "While Fat Ricky's restaurant will continue their success in the new location, adding the new Franconi's grocery store to this development has been a priority of the Village Board."

Noak said construction is anticipated to begin this summer with completion by the end of the year.

In addition to the development by BG Investments, another retail outlot for Uptown Square will be presented to the Village Board in the near future for the corner of Alexander Circle and Route 53, according to the Village E-News alert.


Buzz January 18, 2014 at 01:39 PM
I give it a year maybe two.
Heather Jelic January 18, 2014 at 08:55 PM
Congratulations to the owners and planners of this project! My thoughts were "this is smart" and "It's the perfect fit!" I was pleasantly surprised and very pleased with this plan. I expect they will have a great deli selection and carry the basics at minimum needed for the residents nearby. And I don't see why they would necessarily have high prices. I am sure there are suppliers that can offer good food for fair a price. I want quality food for my family and I don't want to walk long isles and stand in long lines just to save a few bucks.
JSavage January 19, 2014 at 08:25 AM
My concern is that Franconi's doesn't seem to exist anywhere as a grocery store. Search for it and you'll find pizza restaurants. The only mentions of it as a grocery store come from articles that reference this one. I'd much rather have an established chain grocery store but most are probably too big for this location. It's not a given that a lone grocer will have higher prices and I've seen other such one-off setups to offer reasonable pricing compared to the larger chain stores. However, you may not find all the brand names or same level of quality foods that you're used to. It'll be good to not have to truck up to Weber rd. all the time but I doubt this will be the one size fits all solution. Another concern is how these new shopping/restaurant/athletic center plans will impact traffic on the already busy Rt. 53? For those familiar, it doesn't take much for 53 to get congested under normal conditions. The village cannot even manage to keep the route clear of snow *AFTER* a moderate snowfall! Plowing seems to vanish by 6pm and that's probably being generous. Winter aside, when construction took place on 53 between Romeo and Airport roads - traffic backed up considerably. Surprisingly (or perhaps not) I have yet to see any mention of a traffic study or the potential impact on traffic flow this new area will create. It will be good for the area I think... how much remains to be seen.
Chip Saunders January 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM
How much of a grocery store will there be in a 4000 sq ft area? For example, a Walgreens drugstore is 14,000 sq ft. What sort of items will this new place offer that you can't already get at the 7-11 across the street?
TIFFANY February 05, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Can we please get a craft store in romeoville we have everything else.

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