A Sarpino’s Pizza store stands to become the third tenant in the former Northbrook Garage site at Meadow and Shermer roads.
The national chain has contracted with the building’s leasing agent, Endurance Retail Partners LLC., to open a franchise in a 1,300-square-foot space on the east side of the building. The pizza delivery and takeout store will be located between the Sherwin-Williams paint store and the currently occupying the space.
“It will just be a great addition to the property for families in the park,” said Oliver Plotkin, a partner with Endurance Retail. “It’s all made in house.”
Sarpino’s manager Tisha Akulich said that the pizza chain emphasizes fresh ingredients and that he hopes to cater to individuals and businesses in Northbrook alike. Akulich will own and operate the franchise with his parents. All three worked for Sarpino’s stores in other suburbs before, but this is the first franchise they will open. The family immigrated to America from Belarus two years ago.
“There is much more opportunity to open your own business,” Akulich said of the United States. “There is not much opportunity over there.”
Akulich said the village has already approved the building permits for the restaurant, and his family is working to choose a contractor now. He expects to open in June or July.
“We hope that people enjoy this food,” he said.
While the building’s 15 parking spots and are often close to full already with activity at Caribou Coffee or Sherwin-Williams, Plotkin said that parking should not be an issue in the future. Endurance Retail has secured an agreement with , which is willing to sell parking in its lot on Walters Avenue if a retailer needed it. There is also street parking available on Meadow and Shermer roads, he added.
Approximately 5,000 square feet of space have yet to be leased, according to Plotkin. That space could be divided among multiple tenants or leased as a whole.
“We are in discussions with a couple of tenants,” he said. “We hope to fill the rest in the very near future.”