Kmart Closing, Seafood City Moving In

June 3, 2015

I've recently learned that the Kmart store at 5033 N. Elston will be closing their doors in the near future. Sears Holding Company,

the parent company for Kmart, informed their employees this morning that the store will close. The closing date is not yet finalized. A California-based grocery store, Seafood City, is taking over the lease and planning to invest over $1 million to completely remodel the building. 


Established over 20 years ago with the opening of its first store in San Diego, Seafood City features fresh seafood and meat departments, produce, bakery, grab-and-go options, health and beauty items, and a wide selection of Filipino and Asian grocery products.  With more than 20 stores on the west coast and Hawaii, the Elston Avenue location will be the first Seafood City in the Midwest.  In addition to opening the Seafood City grocery, the developers are seeking additional retail tenants to fill new storefronts on the west side of the existing building. 



I've asked the developer to share their plans with the community. I will be reaching out to you soon with details of a community meeting. 


A Rendering of Seafood City


I'm sorry to see Kmart leave our community, but I'm glad the building won't remain vacant and abandoned.  This new development will bring significant new investment and additional retail amenities to our community.  


Thank You,



- Alderman Margaret Laurino