Baron Waller, Culver’s largest minority franchise owner with six Chicagoland land locations will join 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale, U.S. Representative Robin Kelly, and community members on Nov. 8, at 10am to cut the ribbon to mark the grand opening of the first stand-alone and casual sit-down dining establishment built in the Pullman and Roseland community decades in more than 30 years.
Located on land that was abandoned by Ryerson Steel in 2006, the long anticipated, grand opening underscores the determination of the residents to revitalize Pullman and the progress they have made. Adjacent to Pullman Park and Pullman Plaza and just a few blocks east of the Historic Pullman Monument site, the 4,300 square-foot Culver’s whose development was fueled by a City of Chicago $250,000 Neighborhood Opportunity Grant and New Markets Tax Credit equity, is creating 70 new jobs. They join the nearly two thousand hires at many other new nearby businesses, including: Amazon’s Fulfillment Center; Whole Foods Midwest Distribution Center; two Gotham Greens’ greenhouses; a Method Products plant and its parent company, SC Johnson’s distribution center; Pullman Park, a retail center featuring a Walmart Super Center, a Ross Dress for Less; and more.
The new Culver’s is opening two months after the ribbon cutting marking the opening and completion of the National Monument site’s new Visitor Center and 12-acre State Factory grounds that are expected to attract 300,000 visitors annually.
U.S. Representative Robin Kelly, 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale, friends and members of the Pullman community; Rick Silva, Culver’s CEO; Baron Waller, Culver’s franchise owner; David Doig, President, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, the developer that has pioneered Pullman’s redevelopment; Commissioner Maurice Cox, City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development; representatives from Chase Bank, whose New Markets Tax Credit equity helped finance the project; and other community partners including Chicago Community Loan Fund, Powers and Sons Construction, and more are expected to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The ceremony takes place, Monday November 8 at 10am on the corner of 111th and Doty Avenue. Social distancing guidelines will apply.