Prospect Heights celebrated the grand opening of Ultra Foods Tuesday morning, the new full service grocery at 1241 N. Rand Road.
Ultra Foods spent about $13 million to remodel the 87,000-square-foot store which had been a Dominick's until that store closed nearly nine years ago.
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"Ultra is a class operation, and this store will be a showcase," Mayor Nick Helmer said. "That's why it has taken longer than we thought to open. They had to revamp everything: floors, ceilings, walls. It is one of the most beautiful stores in the area and will rival anything on the market today."
The store is expected to employ about 300 people both part-time and full-time, and is the chain's 12th outlet in the area.
The Prospect Heights store has a deli that carries domestic and European specialties and the store stocks an assortment of Polish, Eastern European, Russian, German, Italian, Mediterranean, Indian, kosher and Hispanic items in its international aisles.