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Mariano’s Foster/Sheridan First Look

Mariano4It was a beautiful morning for a first look at the new Mariano’s Foster and Sheridan store. Edgeville Buzz was invited along with other community leaders to be the first to see what the store has planned for the neighborhood. It started with a few words from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Harry Osterman and the man of the moment, Roundy’s CEO, Bob Mariano. The highlight of the speeches came when Lyle Allen of Care For Real received a $2500 check to help support his growing food pantry. Then after a quick ribbon cutting, people were anxious to set off on a tour of the new grocery store.

Mariano1Our tour guide was assistant store manager, Owen Haroldson who laughed with us as we were shown all the store goodies. When asked what he was looking forward to most about opening day tomorrow, he said “I look forward to meeting all the new customers and finding out better ways to meet their (shopping) needs.” EVB was also able to get a little one on one with Mr. Mariano. He expressed his excitement and pleasure of moving into the Edgewater neighborhood. We asked about previous Dominick’s employees and if we would see them at the new store. Mr Mariano stated,” we were able to hire many of the previous employees but had a more difficult time hiring people for the later night shifts.”

So what can you expect with the new store? The first thing that will be noticed by previous Dominick’s customers is that not much has changed in the general appearance of most of the store. The goal of many of the Mariano’s taking over old Dominick’s properties is to open quickly so people’s every day shopping needs are met. The good news is that the Foster/Sheridan property is only a few years old and little renovation is needed. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “Bob has been a leader in making sure the 14 Mariano’s stores taking over Dominick’s spaces get up and going quickly.” Mariano’s is planning to settle in with the current look and plan out scheduled renovations in a couple years that will be more consistent with their current corporate identity.

Mariano2Unfortunately the space of the new Foster/Sheridan store is almost half the size of that in Ravenswood which opened a couple weeks ago. You will not see everything a larger store has such as the wine bar, The BBQ section or classes. But you will see all the fun little things that encourages you to have fun on your shopping trip. Look for the the “dip” section in the produce department where you can find an assortment of hand dipped apples, strawberries and more – all made to order. Or pop over to the popcorn station and pick up fresh gourmet popcorn in several funky flavors. The produce section has a very large organic section with fresh goodies and bulk spices and such. The stores also promises to bring options from local farms in the area.

Mariano3The southside of the store has a revamped specialty food section where you can find a soup bar, gourmet meat and cheese areas, a sushi bar and fresh juice smoothie station. My favorite was an incredible gelato case where you can buy the deserts in a cup or a bucket! Mariano’s also prides itself in that any meat you buy, they will cook at no additional charge. Prices seemed to be well priced throughout the store with most of the products being equal or less of those at Jewel. They will be offering interesting deals such as “buy 4 bottles of wine, get 15% off” and a Mariano’s savings card.

Opening day is tomorrow, Tuesday April 22nd at 6am. Regular stores hours are daily from 6am-10pm.

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