Although it still needs village approval, a project to build a Mariano's Fresh Market location off of LaGrange Road is shaping up to transform the Frankfort landscape, literally and financially.
Last week, the owners of Enrico's Italian Dining announced they have a preliminary agreement with Mariano's developer, Bradford Development, to sell a parcel of land on the east side of LaGrange Road, north of Lincoln Highway, that includes the restaurant, the former Town Center bank and two houses. The sale is contingent on the project's approval.
Also last week, Bradford representatives told members of the Frankfort Plan Commission at a public hearing and workshop that the new upscale grocery store could bring about 400 to 450 jobs to the village. The developers also unveiled plans that included a mock-up of the store's exterior design, as well as a layout of the 73,000-square-foot site.
The developers want to begin construction this summer, so the store could open by spring 2013, said Steven M. Pagnotta, the president and CEO for Bradford Development.
The next step for the project is a formal presentation of the final plans before the plan commission. After that, the project needs approval from the village board to go forward.
Want to see what Mariano's Fresh Market will look like in Frankfort? Take a look at the plans in this article's media gallery.
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