Mariano’s Fresh Market

Roundy’s is Grocery Headquarters’ Independent Retailer of the Year.

The GHQ editors traveled to Chicagoland to check out Roundy’s latest banner, Mariano’s Fresh Market. Check out photos from the Arlington Heights, Ill.- and Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based stores to see why they are taking the Chicago area by storm.

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Mariano's Fresh Market Arlington Heights, Ill. location.

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A grand entrance in the center of the store spotlights a colorful produce department.

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Featured items and promotions are the first thing consumers see when they walk in.

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The store prides itself on offering high-quality products at a value, like bananas for 39-cents!

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The store offers many varieties of organic produce as well as conventional.

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Lots of leafy greens.

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Each day the store counts up the produce varieties on the shelves.

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Eye-catching displays for featured items grab consumers' attention.

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A sample station at the Arlington Heights store gives consumers a taste of what's on the shelves.

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Mariano's teamed up with local business experts to build its sushi bar/restaurant, Ki Sushi

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Many consumers come to Mariano's for a meal before shopping... there is a salad bar with all the fixins'...

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... hot soup to stay warm in the cold Chicago winters...

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... steaming brick-oven pizza...

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... which they sell in a number of different styles.

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Shoppers can take a seat and chow down on the ready-to-eat options before venturing into the aisles.

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Rotisserie chicken is one of many fresh-made foods consumers can take home for dinner.

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The deli offers $10 meal deals that include a main and two sides.

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Seasoned and cooked salmon is a popular "meal deal" option.

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The deli counter rivels the independent delis in Chicago and New York, say company officials. "Chicago is a deli city!"

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They offer a wide array of deli meats and salads...

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... at good prices.

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Olives and antipasti to accommpany the deli's delights.

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Mariano's will cater consumers' events.

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The bakery includes a wall of breads, baked fresh.

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By the register in the Arlington Heights, Ill. store, consumers are tempted by baked bread bargains.

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To compete with the likes of Crumbs, Mariano's introduced Bella cupcakes. The line has expanded into Roundy's Milwaukee-based stores.

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There are cakes for all occasions.

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Company officials call the cheese departments their "signature."

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Strong relationships with Wisconson creameries keeps the store stocked with all the local favorites.

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Cross-merchandising helps boost sales of complementary items.

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The seafood department is very popular...

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... among the wide variety, Mariano's offers fresh Ahi Tuna flown in daily from Hawaii.

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Fresh meat is also a hit...

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Consumers can have their meat - or seafood - grilled for them at the store.

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A serve-yourself grain bar is a popular store feature.

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The store's international section rivals those of the area's specialty stores.

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Company officials aim to create a "mini-Epcot" in the center of the store.

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Natural and organic pops up throughout all store departments.

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... even popular organic pizza brands.

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Pets are not left out - Mariano's offers fresh pet food.

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Roundy's brand, the store's private label, are big selling items.

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Cross-merchandising proves successful in Mariano's. Throughout the store, consumers can find complementary items... even on the freezer cases.

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Everyone needs some syrup to go with waffles.

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The refrigerator aisle has a large selection of packaged deli meats.

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The wine department is a must-see. Some Mariano's stores offer wine tastings in the foodservice department.

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Beer lovers are not overlooked, especially craft beer fans.

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The walk-in beer cooler is a big hit.

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The non-foods department has everything to meet consumers' household needs...

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...including a wide-range of HBC products...

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... and vitamins and health supplements.

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The company positioned the pharmacy department in the center of the store, adjacent to the non-foods and produce departments, so not to be overlooked by consumers. Between the pharmacists, the store's nutritionist and healthy array of products, Mariano's is out to help consumers in one way or another.

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Mariano's shows it cares about its consumers with information about the store's offerings and education.

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Lost? Grab a directory to find your way.

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The floral department in the Arlington Heights location is bloomin'.

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Consumers can pick up last minute things at the registers.

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