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U of C Acts Quick, Turns Food Desert Into Oasis

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Jan 16, 2008 2:00PM

2008_01_TI_logo.jpgWhen Hyde Park Co-Op opted to take the buyout plan proffered by the University of Chicago last month, we knew that the university would act fast to fill the space with a grocery store that would better serve the needs of Hyde Park residents. With yesterday's convenient announcement through the U of C Chronicle that they signed a lease with Treasure Island to fill the space, it almost seems as though the university had the deal lined up before the co-op's members cast their ballots.

Treasure Island's goal is to have the new store open by the end of February, with extensive remodeling continuing after doors open. Treasure Island also announced that online shopping and delivery service is now available to Hyde Park residents, and that they'll be taking over the co-op's shopping and delivery program to area shut-ins. Furthermore, Hyde Park Produce is set to open a larger location at 1226 E. 53rd by the end of the month. the larger store will give residents more options for fresh produce, meats and cheeses.