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Oak Lawn Mariano’s to open Sept. 9

Updated: September 15, 2014 5:33PM



A date finally has been set for the long-awaited opening of Mariano’s, the upscale grocery store being built in Oak Lawn at the northwest corner of 111th Street and Cicero Avenue.

A grand opening is slated for Sept. 9, village manager Larry Deetjen announced at Tuesday night’s village board meeting.

“We have a pretty exciting time coming along,” Deetjen said. “We have 28 days to go. Men and women on that site are working double shifts to get this job done.”

Mariano’s, working with the village’s Hire Oak Lawn program introduced by Trustee Tim Desmond (1st), has hired 50 residents of the village to work at the store, Deetjen said. In addition, the project has accounted for about 400 construction jobs as work progressed this year.

The 50 are being trained at the former site of the Edgar Funeral Home, located on Cicero Avenue just east of Mariano’s.

Steve Radice, the village’s economic director, provided an update of other projects underway in the village.

“There’s a lot going on in our village. We’re lucky to be living in and owning homes in Oak Lawn now,” he said. “If you drive up and down the roads, you see cranes in the area, the action, the hustle and bustle. It’s great to see.”

Construction is to soon begin on Cooper’s Hawk, the restaurant planned for the south portion of the Stony Creek Promenade development.

“The fact that the blacktop is in, I can’t believe it,” he said of the parking lot due south of Mariano’s.

Utility lines are being buried at the Promenade this week, he said, meaning utility poles no longer will be visible.

Among other projects Radice mentioned:

The former Edgar Funeral Home is 10,000 square feet in size and is being leased to Mariano’s for hiring, recruiting and training. It eventually will be redeveloped for retail and office space.

Ground has been broken for the new Hooters restaurant. The current restaurant will be used until it is demolished to make room for a parking lot.

A new Walgreens is being built just west of Red Lobster, at 95th Street and Austin Avenue, and could be open in the first quarter of 2015, Radice said.

“It will have a drive-through, unlike the one that’s closing at 95th and Melvina,” he said.

First Midwest at 95th and McVicker Avenue is open for business.

“It just opened this week. It looks beautiful,” Radice said.

Demolition started Monday at the former Carpet One building, 5849 W. 95th St., to make room for the 20,000-square-foot Women’s Health Institute of Illinois, which will have a parking garage to the south.

Work continues at Hawk Ford, Advocate Christ Medical Center and the Oak Lawn Bank and Trust, being built just south of the village hall and expected to open some time this fall.



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