Naperville Plaza is a neighborhood shopping center located in downtown Naperville. It is a 115,000 square foot strip center that was built in the 1960's when Naperville had a population of 18,000.
The Plaza is located a few blocks south of Naperville's downtown. It is on Washington Street, the city's major north-south commercial street, and is located at the Gartner Road intersection.
Naperville Plaza was acquired in 1974 by an investment group headed by Harry Dolan. In the subsequent years Dolan has expanded and repeatedly remodeled the landmark center to keep up with Naperville's explosive growth. The City's population is over 140,000, and shows no sign of slowing down.
Naperville Plaza is in an affluent area, with a median income of $117,102 for the 114,802 population within a three mile radius (2000). Traffic is in excess of 43,000 cars daily at the Plaza's intersection.
The Plaza has become a gourmet's Mecca. Casey's Foods, in the Plaza for
15 years, just finished a major expansion and remodeling, and is starting
another. This very strong meat market/grocery store has two other locations, and a tremendous following. Trader Joe's, with
more than 200 stores nationally, has its largest, store in the Chicago area. This unique grocery store, started in California, has foods and beverages from the exotic to the basic.
Cabernet & Company, Great Harvest Bread, and Succulent Seafood offer unique
and exciting choices for the food lover.
Restaurants, florist, sporting goods, books, art, and lots of service shops make Naperville Plaza a popular destination for Naperville residents.
And to round the Plaza out as a true "neighborhood" center, Oswald's Pharmacy moved,
after 129 years, from its downtown location into Naperville Plaza. Pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, cards and gifts fill the newly remodeled 10,000 square feet.
Within the last few years the parking lot
(620 stalls) has been totally resurfaced (petromat & 2"
overlay), and all new parking lot and under canopy light fixtures
have been installed.
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