New grocery store may be coming to Naperville
By Hank Beckman For The Sun November 9, 2012 10:34AM
Updated: December 12, 2012 6:32AM
A new grocery store may be moving into Naperville.
The Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission has given a unanimous recommendation for the plan for a Standard Market to be constructed in the city.
The Standard Market would be at 1384-1394 Aurora Ave. and bring to Naperville an upscale eatery and grocery similar to the company’s Westmont store.
The petitioner’s only request of the commission was a sign variance allowing an off-premises sign to be located on city property. The site for the sign is on an access point for the city’s Electric Service Center and city code prohibits off-premise signs.
“It seems pretty straightforward,” Commissioner Greg Bruno said before the vote. “I don’t have any problems with it.”
Standard Market calls itself “a chef-driven Celebration of Food.” It features fresh and prepared foods and departments laid out to evoke European-style open-air markets brought together under one roof, selling everything from handpicked produce to butchered meats to seafood. The market typically also includes a bakery, an in-house delicatessen, and an extensive wine and cheese collection, along with dairy and pantry offerings.
Standard Markets also include a Standard Grill, a fast-casual restaurant that showcases seasonal ingredients.
Also at the meeting, Unity in Naperville Church was given a positive recommendation for a conditional use to occupy 4,438 square feet in a 46,067-square-foot industrial building at 1600 Shore Road.
Adequate parking on the property and a desire for a tenant prompted the commission to forego the preferred industrial use for the property.
“I’m happy,” Commission member Patty Gustin said. “It’s been vacant for two years.”
The projects will now go to the full City Council for final approval.