A SIGNCO crew from Melrose Park, Illinois installed the main storefront sign for Amazon fresh at 325 East Palatine Road in Arlington Heights on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. The new grocery store is located between Walgreens and LA Fitness where a Dominick’s and Joe Caputo & Sons were once located.
Arlington Heights village board members agreed Monday, December 21, 2020 to apply almost $1.4 million in tax increment financing (TIF) dollars to Town & Country shopping center owner Visconsi Companies. The commercial real estate company promised to bring a new fast food restaurant (Raising Cane’s), which opened and an unnamed grocery store to the large shopping center at the southeast corner of Arlington Heights Road and Rand Road where a Best Buy and Joann Fabrics and Crafts store are located.
Raising Cane’s (#484) at 225 East Palatine Road in Arlington Heights opened for business Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. The restaurant is a self-standing building on an outlot of the Town & Country Shopping Center at the southeast corner of Arlington Heights Road and Palatine Road in Arlington Heights, and is straight north in front of the Amazon fresh store.
Visconsi, with headquarters in Pepper Pike, Ohio near Cleveland, declined to reveal the name of the upcoming grocery store because the grocery company that signed the lease for the 50,000-square-foot vacant Dominick’s site included terms of a nondisclosure agreement. A source told Cardinal News in November 2020 that the new grocery store would be an Amazon fresh store.
The new store is likely to open in August 2022. Currently it is unknown if the store will open as a ‘dark store’ which is a stage when the store is not open to the public, but operates to develop delivery skills prior to full in-store opening to the public.
The store site at 325 East Palatine Road in Arlington Heights is somewhat of a relic. The site was a popular grocery store as a Dominick’s prior to 2013 while Bob Mariano worked at the Arlington Heights Dominick’s store among other locations, and later became president and CEO of Dominick’s in 1996. Safeway acquired Dominick’s Finer Foods in 1998, which resulted in Bob Mariano and other executives leaving Dominick’s. Bob Mariano then worked as a consultant for Roundy’s with headquarters in Milwaukee. Bob Mariano’s namesake grocery store was developed, and the first Mariano’s grocery store was built from the ground up and opened in 2010 at the property of the former Lattof Chevrolet in Arlington Heights. When Safeway announced that it was closing all 72 Dominick’s stores in Chicagoland in 2013, eleven of the Dominick’s store locations were acquired by Roundy’s and converted to Mariano’s. The Dominick’s at 325 East Palatine Road was not purchased by Roundy’s. Instead, Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market IGA took over the site and opened in 2014, the same year that Safeway merged with Albertsons, which operates the Jewel-Osco brand. Safeway became a subsidiary of Albertsons with the merger completed in 2015. Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market IGA closed suddenly in late 2015, and the grocery store site at 325 East Palatine Road had been empty since 2015 until Amazon fresh began construction to convert the site in late 2020.
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