Thursday, April 10, 2014

Opening Day Announced for Foster/Sheridan Mariano's

Ald. Osterman just sent out an email blast with some welcome news:

"Dear Neighbor,

I am excited to share with you that Mariano's has confirmed and announced the opening date for their new Edgewater store. The Edgewater Mariano's, located at 5201 N. Sheridan Road, will open Tuesday, April 22 at 6:00am.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Mariano's to the 48th Ward!

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward"


  1. Went to the one in Ravenswood today. It was great! But, where does all that fresh food go if they don't sell it??? Garbage? The huge red snapper on ice? Sorry, call me a liberal but it was a disturbing thought. It seems to me you could feed the whole city from one of those stores. I am curious to know if anybody has an answer. Also, I had the same thoughts when I went to Whole Foods and Plum Market.

    1. Mariano's contributes a lot of their food to the Uptown Ministry food pantry as does Whole Foods.

  2. Whole Foods donates its overstock to food pantries and shelters so it needn't spoil and go to waste. And why would it be wasteful for Mariano's to have lots of fresh food but not (R.I.P.) Dominicks or Jewel? Are you suggesting that somehow establishments that understock fresh foods or sell only non-perishables are somehow more moral? And how do you know that Mariano's "won't" be able to "sell it?" Most places mark down stuff that's still safe but a day or two past its prime. Truth is, that a large portion of the perishable food that DOES feed the city in food banks is donated by groceries and restaurants. It's not going into the dumpsters, I can assure you.

  3. What makes you think it's going into the garbage? And where do you think perishables in food banks come from? Yes, you could feed the whole city from one of those stores---and that's exactly what happens to the food if it doesn't get sold (either at full price the first couple of days or marked down thereafter). The only reasons the excess doesn't make it into every hungry belly are that there aren't enough food banks to receive it and volunteers to help distribute it--and that either many people are too proud to "take charity" or this city lacks the mechanisms to get it to where it's needed.

    Wanna know the true source of most of that food in the dumpsters? All of us. Folks who shop once a week or less, buy more than we can use or freeze and end up tossing it away. (And stores that unlike Mariano's or WF won't break up prewrapped items so that we can buy only what we can consume before it goes bad). THAT's the shame.

    And why is it "disturbing" when upscale markets display a panoply of fresh foods but not when Jewel or budget emporia like Edgewater Produce, Devon Foods, Cermak, Fresh Market, etc. do the same? I'm a liberal too--but did it ever occur to you that upscale markets are not the exclusive province of the conservative elite)?

  4. I am not sure they have much unsold food at their locations. When I have shopped at the west loop location they were restocking as fast as people were buying the produce. And there is always a line at the meat seafood and deli departments. You take a number like in the old days, and wait your turn there are often 12-15 people in line ahead of me when I get there.

  5. Great point. Hopefully Mariano's and others you mention participate in food rescue programs. You could ask them and inform them about this:

  6. Mariano's does participate in a food rescue, as a call to their Customer Experience line confirms.

  7. @ Folkie, I am not a liberal I was just asking a question. Obviously, Mariano's is much bigger than Jewel. It was just my impression. Sorry if I offended you. I wasn't trying to start a war or single out Mariano's.