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New grocery store will create many Chicago customer service jobs

Posted on January 25, 2015

The opening of the newest Mariano’s is expected to create hundreds of jobs, including Chicago customer service jobs.

Roundy’s Inc., a grocery chain in the midwest, has launched the newest Mariano’s grocery store, at the intersection of 39th Street and King Drive in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood.

Development of the new store, the first Mariano’s to break ground on the south side, will create over 200 construction-related jobs and 400 permanent jobs and increase the availability of fresh and healthy foods for residents when it opens in 2016.

“At Mariano’s, we make it our business to take care of people—that’s why we’re joining the Bronzeville community and are honored to be part of its revitalization efforts,” said Bob Mariano. “I look forward to bringing the people of Bronzeville the same signature Mariano’s experience that Chicagoland has come to know and love, including our fresh and affordable local produce, in-store dining offerings like Vero coffee and gelato bar and our world-class customer service.”

Mariano’s has created thousands of jobs in the City of Chicago. As of today, Mariano’s has opened 29 stores in the Chicagoland area with 10 locations in Chicago, including Ravenswood, Edgewater, Bridgeport, Bucktown, Jefferson Park, Lakeshore East, Roscoe Village, Ukrainian Village and the South and West Loop.

“I know I share the sentiments of all Bronzeville residents when I say how ready we are for this Mariano’s to break ground,” said Alderman Pat Dowell, 3rd Ward. “This community is thrilled to have a grocery store nearby that we can depend on for fresh and affordable food items—and to be a great community partner.”

The new Mariano’s store is utilizing land that sat vancant for several years, providing high-quality and affordable food options that will complement the Chicago Housing Authority’s mixed-income development. Development of Mariano’s Bronzeville is a joint venture between John Bonds from Safeway Construction and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, a community development orgination that aims to strengthen Chicago-area low- tomoderate-income neighborhoods.