Roundy’s CEO Lets Chicago Know He’s Back
Roundy’s CEO Robert Mariano knows Chicago. Back in the 1990s, he ran the
Dominick’s chain so well that Safeway thought it was worth buying. A few
years back when Roundy’s announced it would open its first stores in the
Chicagoland market, Mr. Mariano bragged his company of "entrepreneurs and merchants" would
achieve success against the plain vanilla competition.
Mr. Mariano is a confident man as Roundy’s is finally getting around to opening
its first stores in the Chicago area. He’s so confident, in fact, that his
name will be on the banner.
Mariano’s Fresh Market, opening for business in
Arlington Heights and Lakeshore East, "will reflect old-world adherence
to quality and personal service, blended with Mariano’s signature approach
to supermarket innovation," according
to a Roundy’s press release.
The store will focus on fresh and prepared foods in a full-service shopping
environment. Mr. Mariano promised the stores would deliver "the aisle by aisle selection
and the value every shopper deserves."
The Lakeshore East store will be the first full-service grocery store to open
in Chicago’s downtown in many years, according to Roundy’s. The store is part
of a new condo development on East Randolph Street.
Mr. Mariano promised that all stores Roundy’s opens will take a local approach.
want our customers to know that Mariano’s Fresh Market intends to be fully
immersed in the fabric of our communities. We take this responsibility very
seriously and are already developing plans to activate our long term dedication
to the neighborhoods we will serve," he said.
Discussion Questions: What do you think of Roundy’s chances in the Chicagoland
market? Is naming its stores after the company CEO going to have an appreciable
effect (positive or negative) on consumer perception of the new grocer
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