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PHOTOS: Inside the Mariano's Construction Site

Frankfort village officials toured the site on Friday.

The Frankfort Village Board and Plan Commission on Dec. 7 toured the Mariano’s Fresh Market construction site.

“It’s unbelievable how rapidly this store has gone up,” said Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland.

The approximately 74,000-square-foot upscale grocery store was originally projected to open in the late spring or early summer of 2013. However, the project is now on track to open in March.

Construction on Mariano’s began Aug. 8, and by last Friday, the 75th day of building, the parking lot was complete and crews were installing plumbing and electricity.

Mariano’s has the potential to bring 400 fulltime and part time jobs to Frankfort. The chain, which is owned by Milwaukee-based company Roundy’s Supermarkets, combines standard grocery store fare with products typically found at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. Mariano’s will also have a large prepared food area, and an in-store café with heated floors.

Village Development Services Director Jeff Cook says the store will draw customers who don’t normally shop in Frankfort.

The village recently opened Market Street, an access road built to be the main entrance to Mariano’s. The street runs perpendicular to La Grange Road and will make future development possible to the east of the grocery store. The village hopes to install a traffic light at the intersection of Market Street and La Grange Road during the summer.

Currently, there are approximately 65 construction workers on site at Mariano’s every day.

“Everything’s falling into place,” said Project Superintendent Tom Stanton.

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Laura Mathis Kircher December 10, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Does anyone know when they will start hiring?
Katherine Casey December 11, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I'm very excited! I won't have to drive to Orland and fight their traffic anymore. This is practically in my own back yard.
johnny reb December 12, 2012 at 03:02 AM
the hiring process will staart within the next three weeks. check the website for updates, marianosfreshmarket.com
Don December 18, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I'M PRAYING I GET HIRED.
johnny reb December 18, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Well don do you have any grocery experience? If so i can help you with that process
lena January 01, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Well johnny rep I worked for Dominicks for almost 19yrs 10 in produce head of salad bar and was a trainer. Almost 9yrs in bakery. I have met Mr.Mariano at Dominicks grand openings in the past have opened 4 stores from clean up to set up. If you are looking for an experience grocery store employee drop me a line. Would love to work for Mariano's from the beginning of the store opening from clean up to set up. lenastarr107@yahoo.com
johnny reb January 02, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Well having that much experience with domicks it would be a breeze for you to get hired
kim bettenhausen January 03, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Well I also can help from clean up to set up.Currently i have 7 years deli experience, run catering for busy local italian deli. Was helping run fast food restaurant for 7 years . Would love the opportunity to work for Marianos.
johnny reb January 04, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Well kim like i said if you have a clean criminal background and can pass a drug test then fill out an app, there hiring over 500 so u have a good chance
Anna B January 12, 2013 at 05:31 AM
I can be your frontend supervisor at Mariano's..I have 18yrs. experience running the frontend..still working for SuperKmart!! Would love the opportunity to work for Mariano...I am going to come and fill out an application!!
Pat Couch January 17, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Johnny Reb, I am employed at Walmart as Customer Service - Cashier as well as many other duties through out the store. I have been there for 2 years and I also have 8+ years in the restaurant business as an owner and catering manager. I already have an application on file . I live in New Lenox so travel is not an issue. I hope to hear from Mariano's soonI can be raeched at patrickcouch6674@comcast.net. Have A great day! Patrick Couch
roy January 22, 2013 at 01:54 AM
i just applied online for the Frankfort Store, but i don't have grocery experience. My schedule is 100% open, and I'm willing to learn knew things! my account was under Rnania8288@hotmail.com

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