From Ground Breaking to Grand Opening: Retail in Lombard


“From Groundbreaking to Grand Opening: Retail in Lombard” is an information series that will cover the “how’s and why’s” of retail businesses in Lombard, and the Village’s role in business attraction and retention. The series will focus on the Economic Development efforts of the Village and factors that a business may consider before locating in Lombard. 

The Village’s role in shaping development is to ensure that proposed businesses fit within specified zoning districts, meet building and zoning requirements, have adequate accommodations for parking and transportation, and meet other requirements that will make them a good neighbor and part of the community.  

Getting Started – Available Resources

A new business may find it helpful to have a business plan which can help guide them in certain decisions.  Businesses without a business plan can meet with the College of DuPage Small Business Development Center for assistance.  The Helen Plum Memorial Library is another resource where you can conduct research and view business and customer databases.  Businesses interested in locating in downtown Lombard may reach out to Lombard Town Centre, which is dedicated to economic development efforts in downtown Lombard.  Businesses may want to engage the services of an attorney, real estate agent/broker, and/or an accountant to help throughout the process.  An architect may be required for an interior build-out and if site improvements will be done (grading, parking lot improvements, new construction) an engineer may be required as well.

The Village is another resource.  As the series continues we hope you’ll learn how the Village attracts and retains businesses, but also how the Village helps.  Zoning, parking, signage, and building codes are just a few topics from our most frequently asked questions list.