A new series brought on by some viewer suggestions and a video I made two years ago, titled "The Unofficial List of Retailers that left Chicago---2013 ", here is a new segment called "Very Few Chains Worked Out in Illinois". This is about the stores, whether retail, or restaurant, or even gas station chain that was here at one time, anywhere in Illinois, more specifically Chicago, that is still open now, but left the area, or out of business, but was in the state before and left before going under. To kick of the series, a chain of grocery stores known in Northwest Indiana, Strack & Van Til, was in the suburb of Plainfield, Illinois, and in still in Chicago on Elston Avenue.
This location started out as a Cub Foods, that's what I knew it as, before that, I am unsure what the land could have been, a farm, or other, but the Cub Foods opened sometime in the late 80's most likely and closed in 2006 with the rest of the Chicago land stores, the Strack opened around a year later. In the Summer of 2012, later June to be exact, driving past the store, I caught a glimpse of the "store closing" sign placed on the building. A few days later I went back and toured the inside of the store with my camera and got the great collection, I never had closing Strack photos, but there was a first time for everything.
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