Bob Mariano to Retire from Kroger’s Roundy’s in September 2016


Bob Mariano, the former Dominick’s Finer Foods executive, and the namesake for Mariano’s, will retire as CEO of Roundy’s in September 2016. Roundy’s is Mariano’s parent company that recently merged with The Kroger Co. which purchased Roundy’s for $800 million in November 2015.

Mariano will remain with company as a strategic consultant and adviser for the next two years, according to a release from The Kroger Co.,

“Bob has been a tremendous leader for Roundy’s and the entire supermarket industry. … The entire Kroger and Roundy’s family extends our best wishes to Bob and his family in retirement,”

— Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s CEO and chairman

Bob Mariano started as a part-time deli clerk at a Chicago Dominick’s in 1967. He eventually worked his way up that company’s corporate ladder to become CEO in 1995. his brother was an Arlington Heights police officer many years ago, and Arlington Heights was the chosen location of the very first Mariano’s built in Chicagoland in 2010.

Mariano’s features a wide variety of ethnic food, mainstream items and the atmosphere of an upscale grocer but with a somewhat old-school grocery feel. Some of the items off the best prices among area grocers. Mariano’s led the industry with in-store restaurants, a grill in the meat department, sushi offerings and other amenities. Customers enjoy Mariano’s because it is somewhat of a one-stop shop. A customer can pick up catering and pastries for a large party, a prepared meal for one, and general groceries all in one stop. In mid-2016 there are 34 locations in Chicagoland.

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