Pete's Fresh Market plans to open store in Wheaton's Rice Lake Square shopping center

Wheaton City Council to consider facade request

A Pete's Fresh Market grocery store plans to move into the space at 151 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton formerly occupied by Whole Foods Market, which moved earlier this year to the former Dominick's at 91 Danada Square East.[]

WHEATON – Pete's Fresh Market wants to open a store in the space formerly occupied by Whole Foods Market and Sports Authority in the Rice Lake Square shopping center.

The Wheaton City Council at its July 17 meeting will consider a request to allow a change in the facade of the former Whole Foods and Sports Authority stores to accommodate Pete's Fresh Market.

"The facade of the new store incorporates elements of the existing center along with new, contemporary design elements," Wheaton Planning and Economic Development Director James Kozik said in a memo to the City Council. "The proposed facade changes also include a slight modification to the front drive aisle adjacent to the main entrance and a small addition on the rear of the store adjacent to the service aisle."

According to the memo, city staff approves of the request. Earlier this year, Whole Foods moved from its space in the Rice Lake Square shopping center to a new 55,000-square-foot space in the nearby Danada Square East shopping center. Sports Authority closed its store in the Rice Lake Square shopping center in the last several months.

Pete's Fresh Market started in the early 1970s as a small, full-service produce stand on the south side of Chicago and now has several stores in the Chicago area, including in Oakbrook Terrace, Oak Park and Evergreen.

The grocery chain also may be planning to open a store in the Baker Hill Center along Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn. On June 13, Phillips Edison & Company, which owns the shopping center, had Pete's Fresh Market listed as a tenant in the former Dominick's on its website. The listing has since been changed to "store pending."

The 72,397-square-foot space has been vacant since December 2013.