Chicago market enjoys fresh look, stability - The Packer

Chicago market enjoys fresh look, stability

12/13/2013 12:57:00 PM
Tom Karst

Courtesy CenterPoint PropertiesThe Chicago International Produce Market has been spruced up in the past year, says Dan Humura, property manager. There are 16 produce operators at the market.The Chicago International Produce Market received some cosmetic enhancements in 2013 while keeping all of its tenants in place.

Dan Humura, property manager for the Chicago International Produce Market, said there have been no changes or turnover on the market in the past year. There are 16 owners, or produce operators, on the market and five additional subtenants within that group.

“It is pretty much status quo,” Humura said.

The market completed a $500,000 facade restoration this year, Humura said, which included painting the building and fixing damage to the market caused by forklifts and other machinery. That capital improvement began in April and finished in August, Humura said.

Humura said the market is enjoying stability.

“If anything we are just looking at ways to increase efficiencies and decrease costs in common areas,” he said.

Possible improvements include more efficient lighting and a new phone system, he said.

There are talks about the possibility of enclosing the front dock at the Chicago market, said Rob Strube, president of Strube Celery & Vegetable Co.

“The place is in very good shape. The market manager is doing a very good job keeping us moving,” Strube said.

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