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News Mon Feb 19 2007

Wisconsin-based grocery chain to round out the competition

Both the Tribune and Sun Times reported last week that Wisconsin-based Roundy's is coming to Chicago. The chain will be opening the first of a hoped for 13 in the New City YMCA property near the shopping corridor at North and Clybourn. Another possible location is the Carson's building on State Street, in which there is talk about a "food emporium."

Roundy's CEO, Robert Mariano, is a Jefferson Park native and a former CEO of Dominick's. He lost his position when California-based Safeway took over the local grocery chain. He'd been with Dominick's for 27 years. Now he's back on the radar and told the Sun Times that opening Roundy's locations in some of the 14 Dominick's slated to close would "make a lot of sense."

I've never been to a Roundy's (or Pick 'n Save, Rainbow Foods, or Copp's - the other three names under which it operates), so I don't really know whether Chicagoans will welcome the new addition. What do you think? Can we expect more overpriced produce and boxes of cereal, or is Roundy's going to up the ante?

Christian / February 19, 2007 11:40 AM

Roundy's is more of the same. I've been to Pick 'n Save, something of a disappointment. I don't know anything about Copps or Rainbow "fresh store" but I have issues with putting the word "fresh" in your store name, something to do with my time in Baltimore, Super "not so" Fresh. I've been to the Metro Market, I thought it was a nice looking high end store with a hefty selection of independent brand sodas and colas. The produce section seemed nice as well as the decor, lots of wood and warm colors. Pick 'n Save just seems like a low end Jewel, if you are curious, they have a store in Waukegan. Lets hope for the Metro Market or maybe Copps to be the stores of choice in Chicago.

Erik / February 20, 2007 9:18 AM

Rainbow is big in Minneapolis, my home town. They are usually huge warehouse-type stores with a small natural foods section and a greasy, greasy deli. Not the worst. Not the best. On a Chicago continuum, I'd place them a notch above Jewel and a notch below Dominick's (with Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and your independent jems of choice on top).

Andrew / February 21, 2007 9:13 PM

Interesting: the Wall Street Journal reported today that Roundy's is looking for someone to buy them. Odd to see a company announce an expansion one day and put itself on the market the next.

Taylor / February 21, 2007 10:44 PM

Ugh...Roundy's? Are you kidding?

We should just get a Wegman's in here and get it over with.

jesus lopez / April 14, 2007 11:37 AM

pretty cool huh !!!! we need someone like mr mariano .this is what we call winners people that are opening grocery stores not closing them like safeway.

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