Re: Old, but not Forgotten Stores
Date: January 03, 2013 04:30PM
Steinberg Baum had two locations, one at about 3401 N. Cicero, now a post office, and another at the northwest corner of Grand Avenue and 72nd Court, adjacent to the Goldblatts that used to be there. That Elmwood Park site is now part of Caputo's parking lot. One store not mentioned was CMA, Consumer Mart Of America, which was in the 4700 block of N. Harlem Avenue, in Harwood Heights. It was the precursor of the warehouse store, and you had to have a card to enter there. It was one the site of the shopping center with the Denny's, Aldi's and Burlington Coat Factory, but was an entirely different building that has since been torn down. A big treat was George Raft welcoming shoppers as it opened. The store included a grocery department, and a gas station located where the LP Motel now is on Harlem. There were a lot of rumors that the store was mob connected, and it subsequently became a Community Discount Store, while the grocery department became a Kohl's Grocery Store. Kohl's also took over the old Mayflower at Addison and Central, which subsequently became a Dominick's, and was later torn down.