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The space has been empty for more than five years since the Osco Drug that had occupied the space moved out. You can still see the outline of the drug store's sign on the front of the vacant building.
When CVS acquired Osco, it decided that other nearby stores in its chain would serve the area and decided to close this store, explained Paul Zalmezak, Evanston's economic development coordinator.
CVS is still paying the long-term lease on the spot, Zalmezak said. There are no active proposals to take over the property.
Earlier this month, the city announced that another empty space — the old Blockbuster on Chicago Avenue — was . In a sign of how long Evanston residents have been hoping for a Trader Joe's, a 2006 article in Evanston Now about Osco's store closing mentions that neighborhood residents were eager to see a Trader Joe's move into the spot.
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