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Mariano’s coming to Evergreen Park

Updated: July 10, 2013 6:35AM



An upscale supermarket is coming to Evergreen Park, the latest in a series of retail developments the village has welcomed over the past two years.

Mariano’s Fresh Market will build its third store in the Southland at 95th Street and Washtenaw Avenue on the site of the former Webb Chevrolet dealership.

The Mariano’s announcement, which was made at last week’s village board meeting, comes as Meijer’s Evergreen Park store began accepting applications for about 300 jobs at its store at 93rd Street and Western Avenue.

Meijer is an anchor of an outdoor mall with 450,000 square feet of retail space on the site of the Evergreen Golf Course and Country Club. Menards, the mall’s other major tenant, opened several weeks ago. Chicago-based Sterling Bay Companies purchased the 95-acre golf course in November 2010 for $7.5 million from its owner, Anna May “Babe” Ahern.

Meijer, Menards and Mariano’s will generate about $1 million in annual sales tax revenue and create about 900 full- and part-time jobs, many of which will be held by Evergreen Park residents, Mayor James Sexton said.

He said Evergreen Park School District 124 and Community High School District 231 each will receive about $1 million in annual property tax income from the stores.

Mariano’s recently opened a store in Frankfort and plans to build a new retail center in Oak Lawn at 111th Street and Cicero Avenue.

Sexton said talks to bring Mariano’s to the village began in 2009 when he first met with Bob Mariano, the store’s chairman, who was formerly chief executive of Dominick’s Finer Foods.

Sexton said several steps had to be taken to secure the deal, including the installation of a traffic light at 95th Street and Washtenaw Avenue and floodwater retention behind the store.

“There’s just a lot of moving parts. It takes a long time to get it together,” the mayor said.

He said Mariano’s hopes to break ground on the seven-acre site within three months and open in late 2014.

Mariano’s has locations in Chicago and the northwest suburbs. It’s owned by Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets, which operates four other supermarket chains in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The store will feature an Italian coffee shop, sushi bar, wine and cheese bar, salad bar and will prepare meals to take home. The store will employ about 400 people, Sexton said.

“It’s definitely a shopping experience,” he said.

It’s the second time in recent years that Evergreen Park has landed a supermarket for a vacant property. Pete’s Fresh Market opened 31/2 years ago at 3720 W. 95th St.



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