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Demolition Ball Ready to Ride Through Kiddieland

June 28, 2010

Soon a Costco sign will replace this iconic one at 8400 W. North Ave. in Melrose Park.

Kiddieland is coming down.

The Melrose Park amusement park that delighted children for 81 years is set to be demolished today to make room for a Costco.

Officials from the Village of Melrose Park and Costco Wholesale Corp. closed on the deal last week that will bring the Washington-based bulk retailer to the northwest corner of North and First Avenues in the western suburb.

Kiddieland was a fixture in Melrose Park from 1929 to 2009 before closing last year due to a fight between the property owners and the amusement park owners, all descendants of Art Fritz, the original owner.

Melrose Park officials said Kiddieland paid $250,000 to $300,000 in annual tax revenues and estimate that Costco could bring in $500,000 to $600,000 annually.

The new store is slated to be opened by November. It would be the 13th Costco store in the Chicago area.

Costco officials say the new store will create approximately 175 jobs. Just don’t expect any rides for the kids.

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