Evanston’s supermarkets will soon face a new competitor — Mariano’s Fresh Market — just across the border in Skokie.
The Skokie Review reports that the fast-growing premium grocery chain plans to open a new store at the northwest corner of McCormick Boulevard and Touhy Avenue.
That’s the 75,000 square foot site occupied by the now-shuttered Klein Tools factory. It’s just across the street from the Lincolnwood Town Center.
The new store is expected to open in 18 months to two years.
Skokie officials says the project will require no subsidy from the village, which had been trying to attract Mariano’s to a site in downtown Skokie for two years that would have required incentives from the village to make work.
In Evanston, construction is now underway on a new Trader Joe’s market on Chicago Avenue that required a $2 million subsidy in the form of city purchase of land for a parking lot for the store.
The new Mariano’s is likely to provide stiff competiton for the Jewel supermarket just over a half mile away on Howard Street in Evaston.
Mariano’s, which now has eight stores in the Chicago area, is a division of the Milwaukee-based Roundy’s supermarket chain. It’s named for Roundy’s CEO Bob Mariano, who once headed the Dominick’s chain.