As one who lived in Logan Square for many, many years and used to shop there when it was CUB FOODS- I've seen a gradual decline in Stack & VanTil- from it's homogeneous, Jewel-ification, to the watery chicken-parts packages.
"Mike G"- a great hands-on Manager ran the store, quite well for many years, has been gone for 2 years now (took early-retirement to care for his ailing spouse)-
and due to his absence; IMHO- is part of the reason for the stores decline.
There's just no comparison to the International, multi-cultural, low pricing at Pete's Fresh Market on Western @ Madison-
my "go-to" store now.
From fresh curry leaves
to Thai Basil, $2.79lb. Boneless-skinless-Chicken-Thighs,
to the widest assortment of Indian Basmati Rice this side of Devon Ave......
Pete's is a chefs dream.
I - for one- won't miss the closing of Strack and Van Til.
And - the way they informed their front-end Managers of the news was a lesson in piss-poor-Management.