A new home decor retailer plans to open by January inside a 72,000-square-foot space that used to house a Dominick's, Lake in the Hills economic development coordinator George Hahne said.
At Home, a Texas-based home decor chain with four locations in the Chicago area, is leasing the building from U-Haul International, which bought the shopping center housing the Dominick's store for $5.05 million – after the bid opened at $1.2 million – in March.
Lake in the Hills Village President Russ Ruzanski said every necessary permit for the construction has been issued.
Demolition to the front of the old Dominick's building, which sits off the corner of Randall and Algonquin roads, began last week to allow for an estimated 12,000-square-foot expansion, Hahne said.
Although the Dominick's store has been vacant since 2014, Hahne said, there was a leasehold on the property from the shopping center’s owner, LNR Property, and Albertsons, the parent company of Jewel-Osco, which ended last year and prevented another business from renting the property without the grocery chain's approval.
“Once the leasehold was off, we became very aggressive in talking to a lot of different people across the country [about the property],” Hahne said.
In addition to the Dominick's space, the site also has 10,346 square feet of small shopping stores attached, including GNC, H&R Block and Miracle Ear Hearing Aid Center. A second building on Randall Road takes up 16,720 square feet of retail space. Its tenants include Compassionate Dental Care, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Yumz Gourmet Yogurt and Jersey Mike's Subs.
U-Haul also has plans to occupy part of the site with a retail showroom, 60 indoor climate-controlled self-storage units and a truck-sharing space in the front parking lot.
Although construction will occur in unison with preliminary plans to widen a portion of Randall Road that runs through the Algonquin Road intersection, Hahne said any potential traffic disruptions will be rewarded with a better intersection and access roads to the shopping center.
“It’s amazing the amount of research that’s going into the ingress and egress of going into shopping centers,” Hahne said. “There may be delays in the process, but it’s all for the manner of progress.”