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Businessman wants to improve Worth corner

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins

The Worth Village Board meeting on Tuesday night veered from its usual agenda by opening with a presentation from businessman Sal Tadros regarding his plans for the property located at 7030 W. 111th St., directly across the street from the Village Hall.

Tadros told the board he wanted to make the exterior building design “pop.” “This corner is the gateway to the business corridor of Worth and hopefully our efforts will encourage other businesses along 111th Street to upgrade the appearance of their businesses,” he said.

His presentation included a request for a liquor license. He hopes to add a wine club, catering to corporate events and also to offer craft beers along with upscale cigar sales.

“My plan is to be a premium cigar dealer, bringing a different demographic clientele to Worth. We will be pioneers in the industry, offering online sales in addition to on-site sales,” said Tadros. “We feel we have a niche and we believe we can service our customers with our mixed client base.”

Trustee Rich Dziedzic said he liked the idea for improving the existing building.

“But how many liquor stores do we want?,” he asked.

“That is what competition is all about,” responded Trustee Pete Kats. “It is a free market.”

“I feel like this is an opportunity for the village to see an improvement in our business community,” said Trustee Tedd Muersch Jr. “If he is willing to make a capital investment in this property, which will greatly improve the appearance of this corner, I think we should support it.”

“We will have to discuss this further,” said Mayor Mary Werner. “If we approve this proposal, we will have to increase the number of liquor licenses and draft ordinances governing the tobacco sales.”

In board action, a business license and special use permit was approved for Euphoria Hair Salon and Barber Shop to operate at 6657 W. 111th St.

Also approved was a business license and special use permit for Worth BP Inc., to operate a gas station, packaged goods store and car wash at 10631 Southwest Highway.

An ordinance approving an intergovernmental agreement between the Village of Worth and Cook County for the provision of environmental health inspectional services was also approved. The agreement is approved annually.

Trustee Colleen McElroy was not present at the meeting.