By LINDSAY WELBERS
Ross Dress for Less will open on 47th Street this week in the space formerly occupied by grocers the Hyde Park Co-Op and Michael’s Fresh Market.
This will be the first store in the city of Chicago for Ross, a discount clothing retailer in the same market as TJ Maxx and Marshalls.
Christopher Bice, the district manager in training for Ross, said the store will bring 100 jobs to the area. Most positions will be at the City of Chicago’s minimum wage of $8.25 per hour.
Bice described Ross as a “no-frills shopping environment” that allows the retailer to keep prices low. “It’s a little bit more of a self-service environment. … We always try to keep the costs as low as possible.”
Ald. Will Burns (4th) responded to criticisms that Ross is not the type of retailer that Hyde Park or Kenwood would have asked for.
“Like attracts like. And if Ross does well then other apparel retailers who have taken a pass on this neighborhood will look and say, ‘Maybe we should look again and be in this community,’” Burns said. “So it’s always hard to get the first and, you know, sometimes the first isn’t perhaps what some people would want. But, you know, if my daughter spills chocolate ice cream all over her clothes, you know, I need to go get a quick shirt or outfit for her. I have a place I can go do it now where she won’t look like she’s in, perhaps, a rap video.”
Ross Dress for Less, 1300 E. 47th St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The store will be open for business beginning Friday but the grand opening will be Saturday.