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Mariano's Could Soon Have Larger Parking Lot

The new 134-space lot at the Vernon Hills store would be completed by the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays.

Attention, Mariano's Fresh Market shoppers. Your store could soon have a larger parking lot.

The voted unanimously Tuesday night to direct staff to draft an ordinance to allow the expanded parking lot on the Mariano's site. The new 134-space lot would be constructed just east of the existing lot on 1.89 acres of land.

John Kalmar, assistant village manager and director of community development, provided an update to the village board. He said the planning and zoning commission voted 4-0 to recommend approval of the parking lot.

According to a written summary provided to the village board, representatives from Roundy's and Bradford Real Estate Services Corp. explained to the commission at its Aug. 8 meeting that "Mariano's opened in mid-June 2011 and has been wildly successful to date."

"This success has brought with it a challenging parking situation, which resulted in Bradford and Mariano's building a new parking lot on the north side of the building in late fall 2011," village staff stated in the summary. "Even with the new lot, customers at certain peak periods are continuing to experience a lack of parking. Mariano's indicated to Bradford that they believe that they are actually losing business due to customers not being able to find a parking space."

The new lot would be used by employees and customers. There would be three cart corrals in the lot.

Kalmar said construction on the lot would start in September.

"The hope is that the construction would be completed by the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays," said Kalmar.

Amy Stilling August 22, 2012 at 01:39 PM
This is great news about additional parking. Now if they could somehow pick up the speed of the deli wait, the store would be perfect! Either way, I LOVE Mariano's!
Sue August 23, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Maybe they are losing business because their prices are rising and shoppers are over the initial thrill of the circus-like atmosphere. So Vernon Hills is allowing green space to be replaced by asphalt and parking spaces in order to accomodate Mariano's "certain peak periods". Was something like this in the works all along???
Margaret McCarthy August 23, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Good to learn this -- close-in parking was inadequate at the outset for a store that size. Their Roundy's products are competitively priced and the store offers so much variety that it is worth the inconvenience of circling to find a parking spot. My only coplaint is the crowding. The rudeness of the shoppers is a bit shocking, but that is not Mariano's fault. Both do make it less enjoyable to be in the store at peak shopping times. The staff are plentiful and very helpful.

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