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First of 11 New Mariano’s Opens, What To Expect With Edgewater Store

maiano1.1It has been an interesting past several months since Safeway announced the closing of 72 Dominick’s grocery stores in Chicago and the suburbs. it prompted the loss of hundreds of jobs and Mayor Emanuel to appoint a task force to find occupants for the vacant retail spaces. But then most Chicagoans found a silver lining in the grocery chain’s demise in the form of specialty grocers. Many of the typically bland Dominick’s stores will now get a modern facelift and grocery options not offered before in many communities.

Edgewater was truly one of the lucky communities. One Dominick’s store will become a Mariano’s and the other a Whole Foods, giving the neighborhood chain grocery store alternatives. Though Whole Foods will not open until 2015, Mariano’s will be most likely opening within the next several weeks to the happiness of many residents.

So what can e expect in the new Mariano’s at the corner of Foster and Sheridan? We got a glimpse of the possibilities with the first of 11 stores to open in Chicagoland. The Mariano’s at 1900 S. Cumberland, Park Ridge opened yesterday with much fanfare. Roundy’s CEO Bob Mariano was on hand to cut the ribbon and show off his new store to the public. The aisles were stocked with fresh produce and favorite brands but it is the all the unique little shopping perks people were checking out. How about a fresh gelato case, high-end cooked food and even a wine bar. Mariano’s looks like it will deliver on its promises and skeptical Chicagoans will be making sure of that.

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