County Market opens 100th store
2 months, 3 weeks ago
The newest store is Springfield's fourth County Market
The 2010 Census showed a population of 11,471 within a mile of downtown Springfield and 68,669 residents within three miles, an area that includes the new County Market at Second and Carpenter streets.Elected and economic-development officials cited the neighborhood benefitsin December 2011 when $2 million was approved from the downtown tax increment financing district to aid construction of the store.
The store is at the southern edge of the rapidly developing Mid-Illinois Medical District. Three medical-district employers alone — Memorial Medical Center, St. John’s Hospital and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine — have a combined work force of 8,500, according to district figures.
“This is a big deal for our company,” said Gerry Kettler, director of marketing for Niemann Foods Inc. in Quincy.
The store is the 100th for the company since its first, full-service supermarket opened in Quincy in 1940. It is the fourth County Market in Springfield and the third “urban” design store for the company.
Kettler said the stores are somewhat smaller than traditional County Markets and also carry more “to-go” items targeted to neighborhood residents and employee shoppers from the medical district.