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In Illinois, the Daily Herald has a piece about the new Roundy’s-owned Mariano’s Fresh Market scheduled to open tomorrow in Vernon Hills. Among the points made in the story:

• Employees will wear “black pants, white shirts and black ties — a throwback to Bob Mariano’s early days with the Dominick’s chain.”

• “The irony is that Mariano, who became Dominick’s chief executive, was the innovator of the fresh store concept for that chain, which emphasized an expanded produce section and prepared foods. The Vernon Hills store, not too far from his new namesake venture, was the first to offer it in 1995.”

• “The array of choices at the new Mariano’s includes 550 beer selections, two dozen types of tomatoes, 5,000 store brands and 100 types of tea, according to the company. The store also will partner with local restaurants for offerings such as New York-style bagels from Kaufman’s deli in Skokie ... But it is the atmosphere, attention to detail and customer service Mariano hopes will set the store apart. The staff of 400 includes a piano player and certified dietitian, for example. In the early going, a decision was made to replace a straight line section of the store with a two story, glass atrium/cafe featuring live tropical plants as an indoor space where shoppers can relax.”

The new Mariano’s is the second to be opened by the company; the first, in Arlington Heights, opened last July.
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