“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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