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In Bronzeville, new Mariano's store reflects a change long coming

In Bronzeville, new Mariano's store reflects a change long coming

South Side shoppers who like sushi and a glass of wine while grocery shopping need look no further.

The new Mariano's store in Bronzeville opens Tuesday, all 74,800 square feet of it, marking the second recent upscale grocery store opening in a mostly low-income, African-American neighborhood on the South Side, following the much-ballyhooed Whole Foods Market that opened in Englewood last month.

Both stores could end up as catalysts for real estate investment and economic growth in their respective neighborhoods, but the similarities end somewhere between the oyster bar and the gelateria. The Mariano's store is not scaled back or priced down in any way. It's massive,...

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