A ‘premium national grocer’ could fill St. Charles’ former Blue Goose Market. Officials mum on just who

Blue Goose Market hosts a weekly cookout in St. Charles. The Downtown St. Charles Partnership launched the City Side brand in March 2015 and celebrated its one-year brand anniversary in April.

A national grocer could move into the former Blue Goose Market in downtown St. Charles, according to records and a city official.

The business recently filed paperwork with the city seeking to install a new 20-foot sign at the location of the former market.

While the city is keeping the identity of the business confidential, officials are working to bring a “premium national grocer” into the location, St. Charles Economic Development Director Derek Conley said.

The store has been vacant since March 2022, when Blue Goose Market closed after more than 90 years in business.

While mystery shrouds the prospective new occupant, a company has filed paperwork seeking permission to change the property’s signage. The company that filed the application, SDGFTU, LLC, is managed by Matthew Hendy of Chicago, according to records filed online with the Illinois Secretary of State.

On April 20, the city of St. Charles received the application requesting permission to add a 20-foot pylon sign outside the former grocery store at 300 S. Second St.

Hendy said he could not comment on what name will appear on the sign, but said he is excited to bring the business to the community and is looking forward to beginning the public process.

A Plan Commission public hearing has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, in the City Council chambers to consider the unidentified grocer’s special use request. The commission would make a recommendation to the City Council before that body would consider the request.