Recently, one of the faithful readers of the blog mentioned to me that the Jewel in Scharrington Square–and the shopping center itself–will be 25 years old as of January 26, 2014! Amazing, isn’t it? This is especially true when many remember with much fondness, Jewel’s prior location at the Weathersfield Commons Shopping Center at Schaumburg and Springinsguth Roads.
Jewel, however, didn’t come to Schaumburg as soon as the first houses started going up. It took a few years. In fact, the village was seven years old when Jewel opened its doors as the anchor of Weathersfield Commons.
The first area Jewel location in Hoffman Plaza on Roselle Road was already in business but Schaumburg lobbied for its own store and their request was answered when their very own Jewel opened in June of 1963. This first store was in the longer, east branch of the Weathersfield Commons Shopping Center—where the True Value was for many years. The official address was 29 Springinsguth Road. It was a much needed grocery store for the Campanelli/Weathersfield home owners and helped to anchor the shopping center.
The original store lasted in this spot for eight years. Jewel then opened another new 32,389-square-foot facility in the same shopping center in 1971 where India House is today. Its address was 91 Weathersfield Commons. This is the Jewel that many remember because it was there for eighteen years. [The 1971 date is, unfortunately, somewhat undetermined. Former manager Jack Galivan, of both the Weathersfield Commons store and the Scharrington Square store, felt that the date was 1971. The 1998 Community Profile of the Village of Schaumburg supports this date in Table 29 of Major Retail Developments where it states that Weathersfield Commons was completed in 1971. A call to Jewel’s headquarters was inconclusive as the data they have is limited for that time period.]
The change happened in 1986 when the McNaught-Odlum Farm at the intersection of Schaumburg and Barrington Roads sold. Development of the four corners of the intersection began to see a busy uptick. The retail real estate investment firm of Dalan/Jupiter Inc. announced plans in 1988 for the building of a new 240,000-square-foot shopping center they called Scharrington Square.
Obviously named for the two roads, the plans involved two new anchors. Builder’s Square would occupy 80,000 square feet and Jewel/Osco would occupy 65,000. Jewel opened January 25, 1989. The Builder’s Square opened the same year and lasted until early March of 1995 when the company began closing its stores. That spot has now seen a few stores come and go. Jewel on the other hand, well, it’s still there 25 years later. Happy Birthday Jewel and Scharrington Square!
If you can name any of the stores that took the place of Builder’s Square, please send in your comments!
This blog posting was written with the assistance of a May 22, 1988 brief, a June 13, 1963 ariticle, an April 19, 1972 caption and a January 31, 1989 article from the Daily Herald. The top photo is used, courtesy of Wikimapia.
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