Tony’s Finer Foods will move into vacant Joliet supermarket
By Bob Okon email@example.com October 16, 2012 2:39PM
Tony’s Finer Foods plans to open a store at the spot previously occupied by Strack & Van Til on Illinois 59 in Joliet. File photo | Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 18, 2012 6:50AM
JOLIET — Tony’s Finer Foods will move into a vacant grocery spot on Illinois 59.
The family-owned chain of eight Chicago-area stores expects to open by the end of the year in the store vacated by Strack & Van Til.
Tony’s is a full-service supermarket that also adds foods provided by local vendors, said Jim Marnos, director of human resources for the Itasca-based company.
“We’re able to adapt to the communities we’re in,” Marnos said. “We’re able to buy from local vendors that are smaller but have a nice variety of things,”
Tony’s started in 1979 with a store on Fullerton Avenue in Chicago. The Joliet store, located in a strip mall at Caton Farm Road, will be the ninth location. Other locations include four stores in Chicago and stores in Bridgeview, Niles, North Riverside and Melrose Park.
Strack & Van Til closed about three months ago, citing the impact of a lengthy Illinois 59 road project — which had been completed by then — and the competition from other supermarkets in the area.
Marnos said Tony’s can compete in that area, noting the store offers something different from larger supermarket chains because of its family ownership and its relationships with small, local food vendors.
He said Tony’s stores are adaptable to the neighborhoods where they operate, so that the ethnic food on the shelves varies from store to store based on local tastes.
And, Marnos said, “The fresh produce is delivered daily. The owner still goes out to the market every week and hand-selects produce to bring into the stores.”