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City Hyde Park: 8 Things to Make it Whole

Thursday, February 13, 2014

HYDE PARK — City Hyde Park, the $114 million shopping center and residential building property, remains within the sights of the developer Mac Properties and its designer Studio Gang Architects despite some scheduling changes. According to a recent article from, Whole Foods has pushed back its expected opening in the City Hyde Park Development to June 2016 or even as late September 2016.

“These things are always fluctuating somewhat,” said Scott Saulsberry, vice president of Midwest operations for the upscale grocer, conceding the opening could be pushed back.

Whole Foods is expected to occupy 30,000 of the 110,000 square feet of retail space in the City Hyde Park development. 

8 Insights about Whole Foods Coming to City Hyde Park

1.  In the fall of 2013, MAC Properties pushed back its delivery date for the City Hyde Park property at 1525 E. Hyde Park Blvd to address a $25 million funding shortfall with city and state tax incentives.  

2.  MAC Properties expects to close on the construction loan first quarter this year and work will begin in earnest this spring 2014.

3.  Permits to build the underground parking garage have been approved by the city and permits for the building are currently under review.

4.  If Mac Properties delivers the space in the summer of 2015, then Whole Foods would be up next to build out and prepare the store for opening.

5.  Whole Foods may need 12 to 15 months to complete the interior work and product selection before opening.

6.  Whole Foods is the only retail tenant currently committed to opening in City Hyde Park.

7.  Whole Foods recently acquired seven (four in the city and three suburban) Dominick's locations, and plans to open the four Chicago stores in 2015 before the new development at City Hyde Park.  

8.  Whole Foods opening in City Hyde Park would be slated for 2016 based on the construction schedule and execution by the developer Mac Properties.

Peter Cassel, director of community development for MAC Properties, “Our hope is they will open in 2016 as soon as they can.”