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Shoppers flock to new Mariano's in Palatine

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  • Customers try samples during the grand opening of Mariano's Fresh Market Tuesday in Palatine.

       Customers try samples during the grand opening of Mariano's Fresh Market Tuesday in Palatine.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • The weather was agreeable for the grand opening of Mariano's Fresh Market Tuesday in Palatine.

       The weather was agreeable for the grand opening of Mariano's Fresh Market Tuesday in Palatine.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Butchers give advice to customers at the meat and seafood department during the grand opening of Mariano's Fresh Market Tuesday in Palatine.

       Butchers give advice to customers at the meat and seafood department during the grand opening of Mariano's Fresh Market Tuesday in Palatine.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Shoppers crowd the aisles as they check out the new Mariano's Fresh Market Tuesday in Palatine. This was the grand opening of the third Northwest suburban store in addition to Mariano's two Chicago stores.

       Shoppers crowd the aisles as they check out the new Mariano's Fresh Market Tuesday in Palatine. This was the grand opening of the third Northwest suburban store in addition to Mariano's two Chicago stores.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Floral department manager Karen Kunz, right, tells customers about the giant Valentine's Day display made of Forever Roses during the grand opening of Mariano's Fresh Market Tuesday in Palatine.

       Floral department manager Karen Kunz, right, tells customers about the giant Valentine's Day display made of Forever Roses during the grand opening of Mariano's Fresh Market Tuesday in Palatine.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Shoppers check out the bakery during the grand opening of Mariano's Fresh Market Tuesday in Palatine. The Palatine location is the third to open in the Northwest suburbs, following the Arlington Heights and Vernon Hills stores.

       Shoppers check out the bakery during the grand opening of Mariano's Fresh Market Tuesday in Palatine. The Palatine location is the third to open in the Northwest suburbs, following the Arlington Heights and Vernon Hills stores.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Janice Nyberg, left, and Genny Robinson, both of Palatine, check for specials as they shop in the international aisles on opening day of Mariano's Fresh Market Tuesday in Palatine.

       Janice Nyberg, left, and Genny Robinson, both of Palatine, check for specials as they shop in the international aisles on opening day of Mariano's Fresh Market Tuesday in Palatine.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

 
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Droves of shoppers have begun filling the aisles of the long-awaited Mariano's Fresh Market, which opened its doors early Tuesday in Palatine.

The upscale grocery store, which bills itself as having world-class shopping at competitive prices, is the fifth Chicago-area Mariano's location, joining stores in Arlington Heights, Vernon Hills and two in Chicago.

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The 70,000-square-foot building, at 545 N. Hicks Road, features amenities including more than 300 parking spots, a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, pharmacy, access to certified dietitians, coffee and homemade gelato bar, sushi bar and partnerships with local restaurants.

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