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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-28-2009, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Where Kiddieland sat, new Costco could rise
By: Lorene Yue Oct. 28, 2009

(Crain’s) — The former home of the Little Dipper and the German Carousel could become a bulk goods mecca.

Costco Wholesale Corp. signed a letter of intent to build one of its discount merchandise warehouses on the site of the now-closed Kiddieland amusement park.

The deal, first reported by the Pioneer Press, would bring the 13th Costco to the Chicago area.

Dick DiCerchio, Costco’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer, confirmed that the Issaquah, Wash.-based retailer is interested in the Melrose Park property, but said that “nothing has been finalized.”

Alan Sohn, a lawyer who represents family members that co-manage the property, said that the 17 acres at 8400 W. North Ave. has caught the attention of several developers over the years.

“We have had other parties that have made offers,” Mr. Sohn said. None has gone as far as Costco, he added.

Mr. Sohn said contract negotiations are under way, but he declined to provide other details on talks between Costco and his clients.

Tom Norini, Kiddieland’s co-owner, said Wednesday morning that while he has observed people checking out the Melrose Park property, he was unaware that Costco had signed a letter of intent to purchase the land.

In May Kiddieland’s operators confirmed they were losing their lease to operate the iconic, 80-year-old amusement park. The land is owned by two of Mr. Norini’s in-laws, and the park must vacate the premises by Dec. 31.

Kiddieland was started by Arthur Fritz, the grandfather of Mr. Norini’s wife and brother-in-law, who began offering pony rides in 1929. When it closed in September, the park had more than 30 rides and attractions, many of them vintage. All the rides and equipment are scheduled to be sold in an auction Nov. 24.

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Good. Keep the city folk east of Mannheim.
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They will have to buy out that abandoned golf driving range for parking. Costco stores require a ton of parking.

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We don't want to get run over by semi driving school student across the street anyway.
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They will have to buy out that abandoned golf driving range for parking. Costco stores require a ton of parking.

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I think that is owned by some part of the same family.
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but traffic would suck even more than it does now
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That's sad. . I went there as a kid and took my kids there. It is old an outdated, but we still had fun there. R.I.P. Kiddieland.

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