Mariano's Fresh Market Coming to Skokie

The popular grocery store will be replacing Klein Tools at the intersection of Touhy Avenue and McCormick Boulevard. It's the first of this chain in the Morton Grove area.


While economic development continues to be a hot topic in Morton Grove, Skokie is making rapid advances.

Skokie had been asking for a Trader Joe's or Mariano's. Trader Joe's went to Evanston instead. 

Now, however, a Mariano's Fresh Market. It will replace the now-vacant Klein Tools, 7200 N. McCormick Blvd., which will be demolished.

Klein Tools closed its doors in December 2011.

Meanwhile, Skokie is still on track for Touhy Marketplace, which includes a Super Walmart, large bank and several smaller stores. Touhy Marketplace will be a stone's throw from the new Mariano's and will generate about $1.2 million in tax revenue during its first year, according to village officials. 

How big will Mariano's be?

The new store will be approximately 75,000 square feet and feature produce, meats, a bakery, a deli and other amenities, including an Italian coffee shop, serving gelato, a wood-fired pizza oven, sit-down sushi bar, cook-to-order food service and a pharmacy.  

The nine-acre redevelopment site also will include a restaurant on the corner, likely from a national chain, a bank and additional retail.

Plan Commission hearings are expected in late spring 2013; Mariano's projected opening is late 2014 or early 2015.  There is no village incentive or subsidy for this project, but the village said it is working closely with IDOT and other involved parties on issues involved in securing the development. 

The village said it was in discussions with Mariano's to develop a market in downtown Skokie, but could never pinpoint a location large enough. Ultimately, the village worked with Mariano's and Centrum Partners, LLC to find the location at 7200 N. McCormick Boulevard.


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CK March 22, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Kathy Ruhnke is spot on! What a great place to shop! Everything is so goooood at Mariano's. But that Harry one...he defies logic, common sense and decency with his ridiculous spiel that "Morton Grove is a toilet." Harry is always writing in Patch about the Niles election clamoring "I'm voting for Gus Alpogianis." Harry must know that Gus and kid own a restaurant in Morton Grove and he probably eats there. Is that place a toilet too? Now we know what goes in Harry's mouth as well as what comes out of it.
The Soapman March 23, 2013 at 05:31 PM
I heard they are going to open a "Toupees-R-Us" in the same complex. I bet you will be their #1 client
Harry Gio March 24, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Mariano's is AWESOME!!!!!!!
Oliver Rodriguez April 28, 2013 at 09:47 AM
Yeah, how can Harry say that is MG is a toilet when Skokie currently has Section 8 housing accomodations in some areas, especially near downtown Skokie. Harry is definitely suffers from diarrhea of the mouth. If anything his mouth is the "toilet" we're speaking of.
KR January 29, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Morton Grove may not be a toilet, but now that Dominick's is closing, we are coming incrementally closer to being a food desert. Meanwhile, both Glenview and Skokie are getting new Mariano's grocery stores. Why isn't Morton Grove doing more to attract new grocery stores, not to mention restaurants, and other retail establishments. It would be great to have a Trader Joe's, a Superwalmart, or a Mariano's. It would also be great to have some more restaurants, like an Einstein brothers, a Coldstone, a Jimmy Johns, or a Qdoba. It would also be nice to have one or two really nice restaurants (Italian? Tapas? French? Mexican? Gastropub?). Some sort of entertainment complex might go over well too (Whirlyball, paintball, bar/bowling alley). A Yoga studio might be nice. There are so many business that we are lacking in Morton Grove. We should be trying to attract them here, rather than letting them go to Niles, Glenview, and Skokie.


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