After two years of sustained effort, Dill Pickle opened the doors to its new and improved location in Logan Square on September 8th! The new storefront offers 10,000 square feet of space, nearly six times as large as the former location. It boasts hot food and salad bars, beer and wine selection, a deli counter and a community room. Building the local community is a large part of the co-op’s mission. On July 31st, Dill Pickle had a hiring fair and was able to hire 30 people, mostly from the local community. In addition, the bulk of its produce is locally sourced and the addition of the community room will engage residents during events.
The grocery co-op officially opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting attended by local Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa of the 35th Ward, State Representative Will Guzzardi of the 39th District, and CCLF’s President, Calvin L. Holmes, and Vice President of Portfolio Management, Lycrecia Parks.
CCLF helped to finance the new location by giving Dill Pickle a $1.86 million dollar construction loan. Dill Pickle’s members also funded a large part of the cost to open the new location. The Owner Loan Program which includes 210 owners has helped cultivate over $985,000 in working capital to date for Dill Pickle.
The new location has been described as “amazing” and “looks promising” and is extremely transit-friendly. It is located directly upstairs from the Logan Square Blue Line Stop, and it can be accessed from the Milwaukee Avenue bus stop and also offers eight wall-mounted bike parking spaces. State Representative Will Guzzardi said, “I’m so proud to be a member-owner of the Dill Pickle and have seen how this whole process has gone from beginning to end, how it’s been inclusive and community-driven, and focused on building our entire community as a whole.”