Construction of Trader Joe’s location in Evanston begins

Olga Gonzalez Latapi, Reporter

Construction of the Trader Joe’s at 1211 Chicago Ave. began this week, Evanston Patch reported Tuesday. The new business is set to open this summer, developer Terraco said.

The store is set to open in June or July 2013, Scott Gendell, president of Terraco, Inc., told Patch.

Demolition of the site, which now houses a Blockbuster video store, will begin early Monday, according to the article. After two weeks of fencing, the crew will begin the actual construction.

The building process will most likely begin in December and take up to six months, depending on winter weather conditions, Gendell said in the article.

Adam Mutolo, regional vice president for Trader Joe’s, said hiring would most likely begin four weeks before the opening of the store. The official date and the number of openings have not been settled on, he said in the article.

Earlier this month, Steve Griffin, the city’s director of community and economic development, told The Daily that the Trader Joe’s opening would generate $550,000 in revenue.

— Olga Gonzalez Latapi