GFS Marketplaceheld a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 21 at 2424 Oakton St., where it plans to build a food market. City Council revised its green-building ordinance in 2009 to accommodate the market, operated by Gordon Food Stores.
Representatives of the City, including several aldermen and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, joined GFS Marketplace executives to officially break ground and begin construction on the project. The Evanston store, expected to open in the summer of 2012, will be the 14th GFS Marketplace in the greater Chicago area.
Mayor Tisdahl welcomed the company to Evanston, and Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, said she thought it had been 100 years since ground had been broken on the now-vacant site. A food store in the area, she said, would be welcome.
"We are excited about becoming an important part of the Evanston community and we look forward to our continued growth and commitment to the region," said Jay Zylstra, president of GFS Marketplace, "As a member of the community, we are pleased that we can create new jobs and bring a store to this community that offers exceptional customer service and unique solutions for businesses, organizations or simply satisfying a family’s shopping needs."
To mark the occasion and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, the company donated a $500 gift GFS Marketplace will be donating a $500 gift card to the Community Area Rescue Effort. C.A.R.E. is an all-volunteer organization that works in conjunction with the City’s animal shelter to find homes for the unwanted and abandoned animals.
GFS Marketplace is a foodservice store where restaurant owners and consumers can shop without membership. G.A. Johnson & Son of Evanston has been hired as the construction company.