Residents of the Roscoe Village neighborhood in Chicago are missing a grocery store in the Riverview Shopping Plaza. A few weeks ago, without warning, Dominick’s shut its doors. Many residents were left wondering what would go in its place. The plaza is home to Toys R Us, Walgreens, and several smaller retail stores. The plaza is across the street from another shopping center that houses Dominick’s largest competition in the area: Jewel Osco.
47th ward Alderman Gene Shulter announced in November that there will be a new store opening in Dominick’s place. Mariano’s fresh market will fill the void in the shopping center. Mariano’s is owned by Wisconsin-based Roundy’s, who also run Pick-N-Save stores. The chain recently opened their first location in suburban Arlington Heights. According to their website, the shopping environment at Mariano’s will be more like a neighborhood store, less like a large grocery chain. According to ChicagoNow.com, Mariano’s offers a brick oven pizza station, a homemade gelato stand, and 359 different artisan cheeses. It will be interesting to see how Jewel Osco will stand up to the new competition.
The new grocery store is not the only part of Alderman Shulter’s plan. The entire shopping center will undergo a beautification process, with new common seating areas that will be added in to the front of the plaza. The facades of the existing business, which are out of date, will also get a face lift. The parking lot will remain the same size, so parking spaces will not be compromised by the project.
The beautification froject of the Riverview Shopping Center along with the opening of the new Mariano’s Fresh Market is sure to bring business and jobs to the area. For more information on Mariano’s Fresh Market, you can visit their website at www.marianosfreshmarket.com.