Pete's Fresh Market is requesting $1.5 million from Oak Park to open a former Dominick's in the suburb by yearend, a subsidy the village president supports, according to a report.
The money would "facilitate renovation of the property," according to papers given to the village, Wednesday Journal said in a report today. Parking and landscaping improvements are planned along with a cafe in a corner of the building, according to the report.
I've been in a Pete's Fresh Market, and the things are like palaces. There's a whole aisle of chocolate. Not candy, just chocolate. The Dominick's this is replacing was old and gross and not kept up by the company as it served a poorer part of town, so this will be a vast improvement.
Still. If they can't open the store on their own, why are they doing it? Why is this considered par for the course these days? Why do towns have to bribe people to open large businesses and make money? This isn't a case of a mom and pop need money to fix up an ice cream parlor. This company will make plenty of cash without the intervention of government.
Maybe if it just stopped being so lazy and took hold of its bootstraps, this culture of dependency could end.