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Goodbye, Sam’s. We hardly knew you.

By Anthony Todd in Food on Aug 6, 2009 2:20PM

On Monday, loyal customers of the South Loop location of Sam’s Wines & Spirits learned that the location was due to close this upcoming Sunday, August 9. The store opened with much fanfare in 2007 and included a rooftop deck and a wine bar. The Chicago-based chain spent a significant amount of money renovating the 16,000 square foot former Trailways bus terminal it was located in. The exact reasons for the close are unknown, but emails from Sam’s indicated that general economic malaise, as well as the particular difficulties in the South Loop housing market, helped lead to the store’s demise.

We’re really sad to see this store go. Many of our ingredients for Properly Sauced came from this Sam’s location, and the staff was always friendly and helpful with our sometimes-esoteric requests. There are a few days left to visit the store, if you wish, and the flagship location in Lincoln Park will remain open.