Topics
Buy Tickets
BEST OF BASH

Supervalu Inc.

Kroger takeover won't hurt quality at Mariano's stores, Bob Mariano says

Kroger takeover won't hurt quality at Mariano's stores, Bob Mariano says

Bob Mariano quickly built a chain of upscale Chicago-area supermarkets by expertly straddling the middle ground between Whole Foods and Jewel-Osco.

Now his nimble group of 34 stores, as well as the company behind it, is about to be devoured by a giant — the nation's largest supermarket operator, The Kroger Co.

But Mariano, 65, says Mariano's customers needn't fret that the popular stores will see quality drop now that Kroger has agreed to an $800 million deal announced Wednesday to purchase Mariano's parent company Roundy's.

"I'm still on watch, I'm not going anywhere and I'm not going to let that happen," the Roundy's CEO...

Loading
58°