Daily Herald
Grocery store to open at Lattof site
By Sheila Ahern | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 1/27/2009 12:00 AM

Roundy's Supermarkets is planning a grocery store at the former Lattof Chevrolet dealership site in Arlington Heights, according to village officials.

The 68,000-square-foot store will open on a six-acre piece of land at 800 E. Northwest Highway. The store will be as large at the Dominicks and Jewel-Osco grocery stores along North Arlington Heights Road, said Charles Perkins, the village's director of planning and community development.

"We've been in negotiations with Roundy's officials for about a year," Perkins said. "We're very excited and things are progressing very quickly."

Roundy's entered into a contract to purchase the property from Lattof in mid-October. Perkins was unable to say when the grocery store might open. Roundy's officials declined to comment on Monday.

"It's just too early in the process," said Vivian King, a Roundy's spokesman. "We know villages like to get the news out there and that's fine. But it's early for us to comment."

Roundy's will go before the village's design commission today. Because the site is already zoned for business, the plan won't need to go before the full village board.

After more than 70 years in business, Lattof Chevrolet closed its doors on Oct. 10. Instead of passing on his store to the fourth generation, owner Al Lattof decided to accept GM's program to buy out dealerships nationwide to reduce the number of outlets selling its famed Corvettes, Impalas, Malibus and other models.

Arlington Heights officials have wanted a grocery store on the village's east side since the former Jewel grocery store closed at Arlington Market in 2001, said Village President Arlene Mulder

"Residents sent a clear message that a grocery store in this area was needed," Mulder said. "We are very pleased in the interest of this petitioner to build a store in the village. We hope it will serve as a great catalyst that stimulates further redevelopment in the area."

Roundy's owns and operates 152 retail grocery stores in Wisconsin and Minnesota under the Pick 'N Save, Copps Food Center and Rainbow Foods banners. The Roundy's private label brand encompasses more than 2,400 items and has been further enhanced by the opening of a new food processing plant in Kenosha, Wis., in 2005.

Roundy's employs nearly 19,000 people.