CHICAGO (CBS) — A new Mariano’s Fresh Market opening next summer in Bronzeville plans to bring a lot more than groceries to the neighborhood.
The 74,000-square-foot store under construction at Pershing Road and King Drive will include a nod to famous area residents; including Louis Armstrong, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Ida B. Wells.
Bernita Johnson-Gabriel, executive director of Quad Communities Development Corporation, said her non-profit group aims to preserve the area’s history and culture in the design of the new store, at the request of Roundy’s Supermarkets CEO Bob Mariano.
“[Mariano] and his team have been very open to recommendations and suggestions as to who might be featured, and what type of artwork,” she said.
Johnson-Gabriel said she’s working to find the right mix of cultural and historical significance.
“It won’t necessarily be a mural, but there will be probably some appliques to the exterior of the building, and then plenty of artwork inside,” she said.