CHICAGO (CBS) — The Mariano’s grocery store chain broke ground on its newest store in Chicago, in a South Side area once considered a food desert.

The supermarket will open next year in the Bronzeville neighborhood, at the corner of Pershing Road and King Drive, making it the first Mariano’s on the South Side.

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Owner Bob Mariano said he found the site just by driving around the neighborhood.

“I drove back, up, down, around; every side street around here, and I said ‘A store belongs here,’” Mariano said.

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Ald. Will Burns (4th) said the project would create 400 jobs, and heartens longtime Bronzeville residents who feared their area had been forgotten.

“When you have Bob Mariano decide to bring a 75,000-square-foot grocery store to the corner of 39th and King Drive, it is validation of what other people have seen in this community for a very long time, and it gives them hope,” he said.

Although also Bronzeville has a Jewel grocery store near 35th Street and King Drive, residents have long wished for more options.

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Last year, Walmart opened a Neighborhood Market store – which is more like a grocery store than a traditional Walmart – in the neighboring Grand Boulevard neighborhood, at 47th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue.