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Pete’s Fresh Market opens in Bridgeview

Pete’s Fresh Market opened its newest store in the south

suburbs on Wednesday at 10280 S. Harlem Ave. in Bridgeview.

Pete’s is a 41-year-old locally owned independent grocery

store chain headquartered at 43rd Street and Pulaski Road on Chicago’s

Southwest Side with 10 locations in Chicago, Evergreen Park, Calumet City and

Oakbrook Terrace.

The Bridgeview property is about 69,000 square feet and Pete’s

has been working on the building for more than a year after acquiring the

property late in 2013.

The Bridgeview location will have a prepared foods

department so customers can pick up already cooked meals to take home.

The store also will have a fish fry so customers can pick

out the seafood of their choice and have it cooked to order. This will be only

the second Pete’s store with a fish fry.

The Bridgeview location will also feature a Lotus Cafe &

Bar with an espresso maker as well as three beers on tap.

The Bridgeview store also will feature four aisles filled

with food from around the world.

Pete’s stores also offer full-service supermarket services

such as bakeries, produce, meat, dairy and liquor departments.

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Peppo’s closes Tinley

location

Palos Hills-based Peppo’s Great Sub Sandwiches last month

closed the Tinley Park location it opened in October 2012 at 6905 W. 159th St.

A message taped to the doors and also posted on its Facebook

page said:

“To all of our great customers:

“Although we had a good experience in Tinley, we are

closing our doors in that location. Over almost 40 years and multiple locations

we have learned a lot. We are going to focus our energy and resources to make

Palos your primary location for the best subs on the South Side! We appreciate

all of your years of patronage and we hope to see you all in Palos for another

40 years! -The Peppo’s family”

The notice said gift cards purchased at the Tinley location

would be honored at the Palos location.

The original location, which opened in 1976, remains open at

10303 Roberts Road in Palos Hills. The popular sub shop is well known for the

“guts,” which is loaded on every sandwich.

“My dad invented the guts back in 1976,” co-owner Robert

Peplowski said on opening day of the Tinley location. “It’s what makes our subs

unique. It’s a blend of fresh vegetables, 35 seasonings, herbs and spices, and

our homemade oil and vinegar.”

Peplowski said his dad, Jim Peplowski, opened the original sub

shop after people who attended motorcycle races at a nearby track complained

there was no nearby place to eat.

The track is long gone, but Peppo’s is alive and well and

still in expansion mode despite the failure of the Tinley operation.

Neither Jim nor Robert Peplowski returned a call, but Katie

Wells, an employee at the Palos location, said a fall off in business at the

Tinley location helped seal its fate.

She added that the owners were looking for a new location

for a second shop.

“They are definitely planning on a new location,”

she said.

For information, call 708-237-1755, visit their website atwww.peppos.com or check them out on Facebook at Peppo’s Dili-Deli Official Fan

Page.

Southwest Airlines

marks milestone at Midway

Thirty years ago, Southwest Airlines began service at Midway

International Airport.

Southwest’s operation in Chicago began on March 17 with 40

employees and seven daily flights to St. Louis. Today, Midway is the carrier’s

largest operation with more than 4,200 local employees and an average of 250

daily nonstop departures to nearly 70 destinations across the United States,

Mexico and the Caribbean.

“Southwest Airlines was only 14 years old in 1985, yet the

time was right to extend our brand and our route network into Chicago,” said

Ron Ricks, Southwest Airlines executive vice president. “It’s incredible to

look back to see the growth that’s occurred in those three decades. We’re

consistently humbled at the dedication our thousands of Chicago-based people

have for our customers, each other, and the community we love. It is this

dedication that has helped us grow into one of the largest carriers serving the

Chicago area.”

“On behalf of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, we congratulate

Southwest Airlines on 30 successful years at Midway,” said Erin O’Donnell,

Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation at Midway and a

native of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood. “Southwest has been an

excellent partner to the City of Chicago. Its long-term and ongoing commitment

to our great City has provided travelers with a robust network of service to

domestic and international markets and provided a growing job base for the City

and region.”

The carrier also is showing its specialty aircraft, Illinois

One, which is painted with the Illinois state flag. This is the first of the

carrier’s iconic specialty aircraft to be painted with the airline’s new

“Heart” look.

Justice approves

licenses

Trustees in Justice recently approved a business license for

a new barber shop, In The Cut, at 8403 Roberts Road, and a home occupation

license for Hobby Superstore at 7951 S. 88th Avenue.

If

you see a new business in town or wonder what happened to an old favorite, drop

me a line at [email protected].

You

can also catch up on Comings & Goings in other parts of the Southland at www.southlandbusinessnews.com and www.southlandsavvy.blogspot.com

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