Nordstrom Rack, the off-price division of Seattle-based Nordstrom, announced Wednesday it will open a store in a new shopping center planned in Vernon Hills just outside of Chicago.
In 2016 we’ve enjoyed sharing our retailer profiles, Q&A with company leaders, and keeping you in the know about the dynamic retail landscape—along with a really big announcement. As we look back, we’ve included 2016’s most popular blog stories in case you missed any. We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy holiday season and bright 2017!
The news has finally broken -- Whole Foods Market is coming to Mellody Farm! With their unique build-out and high-quality offerings, Whole Foods Market was a natural choice to anchor our center. However, there is more to the story for this proposed development than many of you may know. Let us tell you more about the other aspects of Mellody Farm that we are the most excited to bring to the Vernon Hills community.
1) Solving an existing traffic problem: Let's discuss the issue that many people are worried about. The intersection of Route 60 and Route 21 is tough, and in need of some relief. It is important to us that people make Mellody Farm a destination they visit and spend time, and we can't do that if it becomes a nightmare just to enter the site. With that in mind, we will be providing improvements to the intersection and surrounding roadway system which will include:
- Additional traffic capacity at the juncture
- New lanes in nearly every direction
- Renovations and improvements of existing traffic signals
- Addition of a new signal along Townline Road
These enhancements will be the result of many traffic studies conducted by us, the Village, County and the Illinois Department of Transportation. The juncture of these two state highways needs to function at a higher level of service than it does today, even after our project is built.
Mellody Farm sits outside of Chicago in Vernon Hills, Illinois. First came the creation of a logo and branding, which pay homage to the history of the site. Next we launched a Facebook page for this exciting development, and it now has more than 3,500 fans. The twist? Mellody Farm is currently a pile of dirt: the mixed-use project with 260 units of planned executive apartments isn’t slated to break ground for almost a year.