Since the closing of Fox & Obel Grocery in July 2013, the space has sat empty; patiently waiting for new life until it was announced that the retail giant Target will be taking over and opening a scaled down store; focusing on groceries, beauty and home goods. Now, rumors are circulating that this Target will be the first ever to house a bar within its walls. Shopping and a glass of Merlot? Doesn't sound too bad.
Although no official announcement has been made by the Minneapolis-based company regarding the bar; city records show an application for two liquor licenses—one to sell packaged alcohol and one to serve on-site wine and spirits in the growing Streeterville Neighborhood. This business move, some believe, is a response to other grocery chains such as Mariano's and Whole Foods providing bar service to their 21+ shoppers.
Originally called TargetExpress, the company recently made the decision to drop the 'express' portion and simply call their smaller stores Target as well. The decision was made to help customers avoid any confusion on branding. Chicago will also be opening another smaller Target in Lakeview following the completion of a mixed-use building at the 3200 block.