The former U.S. Steel South Works site in Chicago will be the home of a new Mariano's grocery store, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. John Pope (10th) and supermarket company Roundy's Inc. announced Wednesday.
The new South Side Mariano's will be located at the intersection of 87th Street and South Lake Shore Drive and is expected to open in 2016. The "Mariano's Lakeside" store will be 70,000 square feet and employ up to 400 full- and part-time workers.
"Three years ago, Mariano's committed to opening stores across the city of Chicago, and I'm happy to announce that residents of South Chicago will soon benefit from that promise," Emanuel said in a statement. "Today is about a new neighborhood rising, and communities, the city and the private sector coming together to create new jobs and new opportunities for tomorrow."
The new Mariano's will be built in part with some of the $5 million in state bond proceeds committed by Gov. Pat Quinn to help the grocery chain construct five stores. Four of those Mariano's stores will be located in Chicago food desert neighborhoods. The fifth Mariano's suburban site has not yet been decided.
"As we work together to address local food deserts, a new Mariano's on Chicago's South Side will also create hundreds of new jobs for our hardworking residents," Quinn said. "The new development will attract other retailers to the South Shore and transform the region. Mariano's is committed to expanding in Chicago neighborhoods and nearby communities that need access to fresh, quality foods and I commend them for their efforts around our state."
Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership will serve as Mariano's local hiring partner for the new store. A job fair will also take place at the new Mariano's prior to its grand opening.
"At Mariano's, we seek to be an integral part of the neighborhoods that we serve by bringing jobs, quality products and great service to the community," said Robert A. Mariano, Roundy's Chairman and CEO. "The Lakeside development will help anchor a new community on a historic site, and we are honored to be a part of it."
Dan McCaffery is the site developer working to revamp the former steel mill location.
"This is the first of many great opportunities this development site will bring to the residents of the southeast side of Chicago," he said. "This is a property that in the past provided many hard working families a sense of pride and gave them the resources they needed to call this area home. Mariano's is just the first step of many that will help nurture that feeling in this community."
McCaffery is also in the competition to land the Obama presidential library. He wants it be part of his planned commercial and residential project for the former U.S. Steel South Works property.