Food for thought - EP shoppers still on hold for Mariano’s

  • Written by Bob Rakow

Mariano’s opened its doors in Oak Lawn on Sept. 9 but Evergreen Park residents will have a few more months to wait before the popular grocery store opens its doors in their village.

Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton said the success of Mariano’s grand opening in Oak Lawn is a good sign for the Evergreen Park store, although he knows some of his residents have already crossed the border and have shopped at the Oak Lawn market.
“We’ll just have to steal all the shoppers back,” Sexton joked at Monday night’s village board meeting. “I’m sure ours will be nicer.”
So when will the new place open in EP?
“We’re still hoping for a spring opening,” Sexton said. “It got a slow start.”
In the meantime, the village board approved a business license for PetSmart, 2603 W. 95th St., which will be located adjacent to Mariano’s. That store is expected to open in October.
Mariano’s and PetSmart will be located on the former Webb Chevrolet dealership site.
Mariano’s originally was expected to open for the holiday season, but the past rough winter and some minor issues with ComEd caused the store to push its projected opening date to early 2015, Sexton said.

The 70,000-square-foot store will feature produce, seafood, a sushi and oyster bar, flowers, salads, a coffee shop, wood-fired pizza oven, homemade salsas, a bakery, a deli, fresh meat, a cheese counter and prepared foods.
In other business, the village board:
• Approved a real estate contact with Dr. Hamdi M. Khilfeh, who plans to open offices at the former Hornburg-Klein Evergreen Funeral Home, 2955 W. 95th St. The village purchased the property about one year ago. Sexton said it is ideal for a physician’s office because of its proximity to Little Company of Mary Hospital.
Sexton said most of the historical building will be kept intact.
“They’re going to leave the majority of the building up. The main part of the building and the integrity of the building is staying,” Sexton said.