Written by Bob Rakow
Evergreen Park residents won’t be able to shop at Mariano’s during the 2014 holiday season, but the upscale grocery store is set to open early the following year.
“They’re a couple of months behind,” Mayor Jim Sexton said Monday.
The rough winter and some minor issues with ComEd have caused the store to push its projected opening date to January 2015, Sexton said.
“That’s the target date,” he said.
The Evergreen Park Village Board Monday amended the village’s economic development agreement with Mariano’s to reflect the change in the anticipated opening date.
“We’re just pushing the date back,” Sexton said.
Mariano’s will be located at 95th Street and Washtenaw Avenue on the site of the former Webb Chevrolet dealership, which closed more than five years ago.
A traffic signal will be installed at 95th Street and Washtenaw Avenue to accommodate the traffic generated by the store.
The 70,000-square-foot store will feature produce, seafood, a sushi and oyster bar, flowers, salads, a coffee shop, wood-fired pizza oven, homemade salsas, a bakery, a deli, fresh meat, a cheese counter and prepared foods.
In Oak Lawn, Mariano’s is making steady progress on a store that will be anchor Stony Creek Promenade at 111th Street and Cicero Avenue. That store is scheduled to open in September and is currently hiring staff, said Oak Lawn Village Manager Larry Deetjen.
Sexton said the presence of Mariano’s in a neighboring community might help promote the Evergreen Park location.
“I think it’s good. Maybe it will help,” the mayor said.
The store’s decision to locate in Evergreen Park was announced in June 2013 and is the result of three years of work negotiations between Mariano’s CEO Bob Mariano and village officials.
Mariano’s has locations in Chicago, the northwest suburbs and Frankfort. It is owned by Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets, which operates four other supermarket chains in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The village will showcase for residents the 50-Acre Park, 91st Street and Rockwell Avenue, from 5-7 p.m. July 31.
Residents are invited to tryout the park’s golf range at no charge, visit the dog park and get instruction on how to play disc golf. A disc jockey will entertain and Meijer’s will provide hot dogs and beverages, Sexton said.