From Venture to Kmart to HOBO, the big box at the end the Forest Park Mall has always offered practical goods and a little aspiration.

Starting Friday the vacant store will offer life-saving vaccines when it opens as a massive — 1,000 shots a day to start massive — COVID vaccination site. It will be operated by an array of government bodies, including the state and Cook County government. The Illinois National Guard will administer the program.

Forest Parkers do not get precedence for shots but they have an equal shot and great convenience. This is the moment.