Duneland is a great place to call home, as any resident of the towns of Chesterton, Porter, and Burns Harbor will tell you, with superior schools, proximity to Chicago, jobs in the medical sector, and a beauty of the Dunes second to none. But businesses also find that Duneland is a great place to call home. Just in the past year Urschel Laboratories relocated to Chesterton and the 49 Corridor was completed, bringing shovel-ready land to developers.
Strack & Van Til moved to Chesterton recently, bringing this grocery store to residents. They have a rich and long history in the region as the leading full service food store that brings customers the finest quality products at the best value and provide their customers with a friendly shopping experience in a clean, safe, environment. In 2012 they purchased the Wise-Way locations in Chesterton, as well as Valparaiso, and in 2013 renovated the properties with a beautiful new interior and added new options for customers, including a sushi chef who prepares sushi right in front of customers’ eyes, a large cheese section with samples, and all of the other departments and amenities that Strack & Van Til is known for, such as seafood, catering, bakery, meats, and produce.
Strack & Van Til has a commitment to the Duneland community and success has allowed the local chain to expand into this market. Jeff Strack, vice president of operations for Strack & Van Til says, that their dedication to quality foods and exceptional service has allowed them to prosper to become Northwest Indiana’s largest independent grocery operator. “We’re very humbled about what we have been able to do but more importantly we are very excited for future opportunities to grow our company” says Strack.
Strack & Van Til invested $2 million to $6 million in a number of their stores, including Chesterton, to give them more modern appearances for their interior and exterior. The Chesterton location features mural-sized historic photos of Duneland above the checkout counters, wood floors at the entrance, and warmer colors throughout that are inviting. “It’s important for us to be new, modern, fresh and exciting,” said President Dave Wilkinson. “The life cycle is that all stores need a major renovation every seven to 10 years. Most will be major renovations, but some may be things customers don’t even notice. When we look at renovations, we listen to customers and look at what the competition is doing across the country.”
Another business, Michiana Hemotology Oncology out of Westville and Crown Point, are looking to Porter County to offer their care. Instead of going to Chicago, which may not be logistically easy with health issues, patients can now consider the same level of quality cancer care in Porter County. No longer do patients need to travel to big cities for good health care for cancer. The Advanced Center for Cancer Care in Westville is located across from Purdue University North Central on US 421. The 30,000 square-foot complex opened in 2010 and is currently the largest cancer treatment center in northwest Indiana. This state-of-the-art freestanding facility was designed from a unique partnership between architects and physicians who asked for input from local patients to ensure a new kind of treatment center. Setting a higher standard for cancer care in this region, the Advanced Center for Cancer Care in Westville provides nearly every service a patient will ever need to fight cancer.