Officials say Mariano's opening in Des Plaines next March

  • The building shell for a new Mariano's grocery store is up at the northeast corner of Golf and Mount Prospect roads in Des Plaines. The store is expected to open next March.

      The building shell for a new Mariano's grocery store is up at the northeast corner of Golf and Mount Prospect roads in Des Plaines. The store is expected to open next March. Christopher Placek | Staff Photographer

  • In exchange for a driveway easement, the developer of a Mariano's in Des Plaines is making about $670,000 worth of improvements to neighboring Blackhawk Park at 190 E. Golf Road.

      In exchange for a driveway easement, the developer of a Mariano's in Des Plaines is making about $670,000 worth of improvements to neighboring Blackhawk Park at 190 E. Golf Road. Christopher Placek | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 10/20/2016 12:11 PM

As the building for a new Mariano's grocery store in Des Plaines takes shape, the developer in charge of the $24 million project said Thursday the store should be open by next March.

Construction has progressed significantly at the northeast corner of Golf and Mount Prospect roads since a groundbreaking event last April attended by the store's namesake, Bob Mariano, and local officials.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Dean Kelley, president of site developer Bartlett-based Abbott Land & Investment Corp., said the building walls and roof have been installed, and most of the on-site paving work is done. Off-site road improvements should be complete before winter.

"Things are going very smoothly," he said.

In exchange for a driveway easement, the developer is making some $670,000 in upgrades to neighboring Blackhawk Park. A new playground and picnic shelter should be installed by the end of the year, said Don Miletic, executive director of the Des Plaines Park District.

The park as a whole, which will include an 8-foot-wide asphalt walking path and 120-by-240-foot soccer field, should be open to the public by the time the store opens, he said.

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