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Mariano's Fresh Market is Coming to Touhy and McCormick

The popular grocery store will be replacing Klein Tools at the intersection of Touhy Avenue and McCormick Boulevard in Skokie, just a few blocks from the Evanston border.

The local grocery store market is heating up. While Trader Joe's is coming to Evanston sometime this year, Skokie is now getting a Mariano's Fresh Market.

The popular grocery chain will replace the now vacant Klein Tools, at 7200 N. McCormick Blvd., which closed its doors in December 2011.

Located a few blocks from Howard-Hartrey shopping plaza in Evanston, the new store will be approximately 75,000 square feet and feature produce, meats, a bakery, a deli and other amenities, including an Italian coffee shop, serving authentic gelato, a wood-fired pizza oven, sit down sushi bar, cook-to-order food service and even a pharmacy.  

The nine-acre redevelopment site also will include a restaurant on the corner, likely from a national chain, a bank and additional retail.

Skokie Plan Commission hearings are expected in late spring 2013; Mariano's projected opening is late 2014 or early 2015.  There is no village incentive or subsidy for the project, but the village of Skokie said it is working closely with IDOT and other involved parties on issues involved in securing the development. 

The village said it was in discussions with Mariano's to develop a market in downtown Skokie, but could never pinpoint a location large enough. Ultimately, the village worked with Mariano's and Centrum Partners, LLC to find the location at 7200 N. McCormick Boulevard.

Joanna Schneider March 21, 2013 at 07:12 PM
The fresh squeezed juice at Mariano's is delicious (and reasonably priced!). Excited to see plans for one closer to my neighborhood!
michael March 21, 2013 at 07:17 PM
This is a great store. I stop in whenever I am in Arlington Heights and pick things up there.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) March 21, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Thanks for reading, Joanna! That's good to know about the OJ.
Procrustes' Foil March 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Mariano's is a great store. I reminds me of Treasure Island in Chicago, just better.
Procrustes' Foil March 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM
OOPS! I forgot the "t" in "it."
lucas March 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Wonder if Skokie subsidies grocery stores to come in like Evanston does.
Monica March 22, 2013 at 02:16 PM
This news just made my day! So excited!
John C Thomson March 22, 2013 at 04:33 PM
"There is no village incentive or subsidy for the project, but the village of Skokie said it is working closely with IDOT and other involved parties on issues involved in securing the development." As what was described in the article, Skokie lacks all the inhouse drama required by Evanston to get anything done.
Jim Caldwell March 22, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Yes, if they need to. In the Skokie Review article about it, Skokie officials had been trying to place Mariano's in a downtown location: "Had Mariano’s moved to downtown Skokie, Rigoni said, it would have needed incentives paid for from Skokie’s downtown tax increment finance zone."* The fact that Skokie has a fairly large, decaying industrial zone they are looking to redevelop works in their favor. Plus, they seem to have fewer of the cleanup issues that our sites do. *complete article at http://goo.gl/QS5ea
Randie Chubin May 01, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Put in a Sweet Tomatoes!

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