Photos: Take a Peek Inside the New Palos Heights Jewel-Osco

A newly constructed Jewel-Osco will open Thursday morning in Palos Heights behind the old building on 127th Street and Harlem Avenue. Patch gives you a look inside before the Grand Opening.

Palos Heights welcomes a newly built to town Thursday morning. 

Opening at 6 a.m. on June 28, the new store will feature more space, an increased deli section and a more open layout. 


Gayle Richtsteig, the store director, is busy with her staff preparing for the big opening.

"I think the customers are going to love it," she said. "They have been telling us at the old store how excited they are."

Associates will be wearing new uniforms and guiding customers through the new products during the opening. New features include a wing bar, expanded deli section, olive bar and a larger meat and seafood section. 

The location is the first newly constructed Jewel store since 2010, when one was built in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood.

Employees were still hard at work Wednesday afternoon putting the finishing touches on displays and preparing for the grand opening. The new location will employ about 15 to 20 more employees than the old, and is 10,000 square feet larger. 

The old store will be demolished and cleared by Labor Day. 

A drive up pharmacy kiosk will be added, as well as a Wendy's restaurant. 

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Dan Lambert June 27, 2012 at 09:09 PM
What does everyone think of the new store?
Tina June 27, 2012 at 09:54 PM
I am very excited. The produce section looks wonderful and I have been waiting for the self check-out lanes for a long time. Can't wait to start shopping.
Imanage June 28, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Oh how I'll miss being all jammed up in line waiting to check out..... :)
Kathy Lachowicz June 28, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Just attended the Private opening event at the new Jewel and am really impressed. Of course we will be inconvenienced with the entrance until the old building is destroyed and the new parking lot is done, but what a nice job they did. I was even able to purchase product tonight, not everyone was buying, but it was availalbe. The self check outs are good, but lets remember that takes the place of an employee.
mom June 29, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Self check outs are rediculous and they do take the place of a working soul. They are impersonal and more time consuming . We are spoiled. It is ok to wait in line. You get to see what everyone is purchasing. I am a people watcher and I enjoy watching how people interact with one another.


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