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Gurnee to welcome Mariano’s grocery

Mariano’s an upscale grocery market chawill soreplace distressed Dominick’s store 6655 GrAve. | Sun-Times file

Mariano’s, an upscale grocery market chain, will soon replace a distressed Dominick’s store at 6655 Grand Ave. | Sun-Times file

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Updated: February 3, 2014 3:44PM

There are smiles on many faces in Gurnee, now that Mayor Kristina Kovarik announced this week that Mariano’s, an upscale grocery market chain, will soon replace a distressed Dominick’s store at 6655 Grand Ave.

Many shoppers were buzzing over hopeful possibilities, following new reports on Monday that Roundy’s — the current owner of 13 Mariano supermarkets in the Chicago metro area — had just purchased 11 regional Dominick’s stores for $36 million.

Kovarik placed the subject at the top of the Board of Trustees agenda Monday night by confirming the good news for her community.

“This is another big win for Gurnee and our dynamic economic development efforts!” she said.

The only other Lake County community that snagged a valued Mariano’s was Buffalo Grove. Mariano’s will occupy a former Dominick’s at 450 Half Day Road in that village.

Kovarik indicated the village’s vigorous economic development program, in place for a couple years now, had recently helped a Roundy’s real estate team examine Gurnee sites and marketplace possibilities. Ultimately, she said, this convinced them of the community’s potential and desire for having a quality grocery like Mariano’s in their midst.

“Our volunteer leaders and village staff did a wonderful job in providing helpful assistance to the team in explaining our dynamic marketplace. We thank them all profusely,” she said.

Village Administrator Patrick Muetz said he anticipates that Roundy’s will spend about three months in refurbishing the former Dominick’s store and will open next spring.

Until now, only Vernon Hills has had a Mariano’s grocery in Lake County and the store has been very popular with shoppers coming from all over the county. The company is currently in the process of building five new stores in the Chicago metro area and already has 13 regional locations. It now adds another 11 Dominick’s stores to its growing portfolio.

The closing of the Dominick’s chain by its parent company Safeway was announced in October after the company indicated it lost more than $35 million earlier this year. All its stores in the Chicago market will either be sold or closed by the end of the month.

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