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South siders not supporting supermarket

The Journal Star is reporting that Adams Supermarket isn’t doing so well. Sales are slow, and expenses are high. So store owner Ahmad Abud (aka Hussein Alsalahi) is wanting to lower his costs.

A big cost is the city’s requirement that he hire an off-duty city police officer at $30 an hour to […]

City ready to issue license once Abud meets conditions

Chicago developer Ahmad Abud complained to the media last week that the city wasn’t moving fast enough in getting him a liquor license for his new south side grocery store, Adams Supermarket.

Abud said, “I never expected to spend one-point-two-million and then having all these problems going through all these hard times. I was […]

The city should help Abud… put his truck stop somewhere else reports that Chicago developer Ahmad Abud has yet to receive his approved liquor license from the City. I think it’s fair for him to question why. The council already approved it weeks ago. What’s the holdup?

Of larger concern, though, is this part of the story (emphasis mine):

The grocery store is […]

To TIF or not to TIF: that is the question

I’m not a big fan of tax increment finance districts (TIFs). I’ve seen them used irresponsibly (Midtown Plaza, for instance), and I’ve seen them divide this community. People are soured on TIFs. However, when used properly, TIFs can be a good thing. Sometimes, some places, you really do need tax incentives or development really […]