Neighborhood GroceryFebruary 8, 2010
Last year I was living in U-City, close to Vernon and Leland. Very close by we had a grocery store, Pete’s Shur Sav which was incredibly convenient. Although the Shur Sav faces Vernon, it is also accessible from Olive and considering the fact that it is part of a strip mall, it is still friendly to pedestrians.
In sharp contrast to this easily accessible layout is the U-City Schnucks. If I wanted an item that the Shur-Sav didn’t carry or needed groceries after 8 PM (when Pete’s closes), I would continue walking up Vernon to Schnucks.
Although Schnucks is positioned just as close to Vernon as the Shur-Sav, the only access points are on Pennsylvania on the West Side and Olive on the North. Anyone walking from the numerous neighborhoods South and East of Schnucks (closer to the Loop) have to make a significant detour. Luckily, one of the first times I was walking down Vernon towards Schnucks, I spotted a small group of kids taking a shortcut. The bottom of the fence is bent at the bottom in a strategic location to allow it to be crawled under.
I immediately began using the shortcut. Instead of walking around the giant box with 3 blank walls I slid under the fence, sending my groceries through first on the way back home. I love Schnucks, but they need to do a better job of connecting with the communities that they’re such an important part of.