Monday, October 1, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Leamington Foods in Hillside, which closed recently. | Rep. Chris Welch/Facebook
Leamington Foods, located at 550 Mannheim Rd. in Hillside, has closed, according to an employee of Living Fresh Market, the Forest Park store that is owned by the four Casaccio brothers — Ken, Daniel, Terry and Timothy John — who also own Leamington Foods, Inc., the company that managed the Hillside store.
The employee did not provide any more details other than to confirm that the store has closed. The store’s co-owner, Ken Casaccio, could not be reached for comment on Monday afternoon.
In a statement about the closing posted to Facebook, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th), a resident of Hillside, said that the store was not needed in the community.
“Hillside is not a food desert,” he wrote. “Hillside has a grocery store inside Target less than a mile down the same street. We don’t need grocery stores like Leamington in our neighborhoods. They provide poor quality at high prices. They prey on poor people. This particular store was always dirty, and it smelled like it. We should demand the best and support them when they are here. Leamington was far from the best! Bye Leamington!”
According to prior news reports, Leamington Foods, which also has a location on Chicago’s West Side, has been the source of bitter complaints from residents in that area, many of whom have posted poor reviews online.
Casaccio told Forest Park Review in January that Living Fresh Market and Leamington Foods are two companies that are operated independently of each other.
“It has nothing to do with the other; it’s a separate venture all by itself,” Casaccio said of Living Fresh. VFP
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