Our Story

Marianos is a leading grocery store chain in the Chicago area, known for our excellent selection of fresh produce, artisan foods, and quality meat and seafood. We strive to bring our customers the best ingredients to make delicious, wholesome meals for their families.

The first Marianos store opened in Chicago in 1993. Founded by Tony and Johnnie’s, our goal was to create a European open-market style grocery experience. We hand-selected vendors and partnered directly with local farmers to offer the freshest seasonal produce. Our butcher shop featured premium proprietary cuts of meat. The in-store bakery produced artisan breads and pastries daily. The seafood department stocked the highest quality and most sustainable options available. Marianos quickly became the premier grocery destination for quality and selection in Chicago.

Over the next decade, Marianos expanded across the Chicagoland area. Customers loved our vibrant, open floorplan with fresh food displays and a knowledgeable, friendly staff. We brought culinary inspiration through cooking classes, seasonal recipe ideas, and in-store food sampling. Our catering service for parties and events became extremely popular. Marianos also invested in select locations to bring high-end offerings like walk-in artisan cheese caves, fine wines, and espresso coffee bars.

In 2011, Marianos was acquired by Roundy’s and expanded into Wisconsin under the ownership of Kroger. Our partnership with Kroger has allowed us to bring Marianos’ excellence to even more communities, without compromising our commitment to fresh, local ingredients. We now have over 40 locations across Illinois and Wisconsin.

Even as we’ve grown, Marianos remains dedicated to our original values and mission: To be our customer’s favorite place for premium quality groceries through an excellent shopping experience. We uphold this commitment through:

Our success stems from the hardworking, dedicated Marianos staff who uphold our standards every day. We strive to support our employees by investing in wages and benefits, fostering a positive work culture, and providing advancement opportunities. When our staff is happy, they pass on excellent service to our customers.

At Marianos, we take pride in being your neighborhood grocer. Our stores feel like an extension of your own kitchen. We look forward to continuing to serve you and your family for years to come!

Our Stores

Marianos stores are designed to make grocery shopping a pleasure. Our vibrant, open-format stores allow you to easily navigate while encountering tantalizing sights and smells around every corner. Here are some of the features you can expect when you visit us:

Fresh Food Displays

The crown jewel of Marianos is our dedication to fresh, quality ingredients. You’ll find bountiful produce displays brimming with colorful fruits and vegetables, delivered fresh daily from local farms. Experience the sweet floral aroma walking by our fresh bakery. See and sample artisan cheese varieties in our walk-in caves. Marvel at the glistening seafood on ice behind the fish counter. We believe in letting the ingredients speak for themselves.

Specialty Shops

In addition to traditional grocery aisles, Marianos features specialty shops that feel like stores-within-a-store. Stop by our butcher shop to pick up custom-cut steaks, handmade sausages, and marinated meats. Visit Marianos Kitchen for grab-and-go salads, hot bars, and pre-made meals for quick family dinners. Experience flavors from around the world at our olive oil and vinegar shop. Sample our lineup of craft beers and fine wines. Or pick up a fresh bouquet at our florist.

International and Specialty Items

The diverse Marianos selection encompasses ingredients for all cultures and diets. We carry a range of Kosher, Halal, and Hispanic products. Our spices and international aisles offer foods from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and beyond. We also cater to special dietary needs with a wide array of natural, organic, gluten-free, and vegan products. Discover something new and exciting at Marianos!

Non-Grocery Selection

Marianos is your one-stop shop for more than just groceries. Grab dinnerware, cooking gadgets, and appliances for your kitchen. Stock up on health and beauty essentials. Treat your pet to premium foods and supplies. Purchase beer, wine, and spirits for your home bar. You’ll also find seasonal goods, office supplies, magazines, cards, and many other everyday items conveniently under one roof.

Catering and Online Ordering

Our extensive catering menu makes Marianos the perfect choice for your upcoming event. Select one of our packages or build your own for weddings, parties, corporate events, and more. Or skip the lines and order your Marianos groceries online for delivery or pick up. Meal planning and shopping has never been easier!

Come Visit Us!

The next time you’re out running errands or need to restock the pantry, we invite you to stop by your neighborhood Marianos. Our friendly and enthusiastic staff look forward to guiding you through the store, answering your questions, and helping with selections. Discover for yourself why Marianos is the premier grocer for quality, selection, and an excellent shopping experience. We can’t wait to see you!

Our Departments

Marianos aims to be your one-stop shop for all your grocery and household needs. Here’s a look at the extensive selection you’ll find in each of our store departments:

Produce

Our produce department bursts with fresh fruits and vegetables delivered daily from local farms. Find all your everyday favorites like apples, oranges, salad greens, potatoes, onions, and more. Discover seasonal highlights like vine-ripened tomatoes, sweet corn, peaches, and berries. Our produce team hand-selects the best of the best to ensure freshness and flavor. We offer organic and locally grown options when possible.

Bakery

Wake up to the heavenly aroma of Marianos bakery! Our from-scratch artisan breads are hand shaped and oven baked in store throughout the day. Choose from our signature boules, baguettes, ciabattas, and pretzel loaves. Indulge in fresh-baked muffins, scones, croissants, Danish, cookies, and cakes. Custom order a decadent cake for your next celebration. The Marianos bakery adds a little something sweet to every shopping trip!

Deli

The Marianos deli offers specialty meats and cheeses to stock your fridge or customize a sandwich. Our deli team slices premium branded and artisan meats to order. Try our nutty Swiss, sharp cheddar, and imported Italian cheeses. Choose from signature Marianos sandwiches or build your own from freshly baked bread and widened array of toppings and spreads. Our grab-and-go salads and sides make easy work of dinner.

Meat

As butchers ourselves, we hold our meat department to the highest standards. Our USDA Prime beef is custom cut in-house to ensure exceptional quality. We proudly offer our proprietary Marianos Reserve line of premium steaks and chops. Our fresh ground chuck is ground in store daily. You’ll also find pasture-raised poultry, heritage pork, lamb, veal, and more. Give us your special requests and our expert butchers will prep it to your liking.

Seafood

Marianos seafood comes straight from the docks to our store in less than 24 hours. Our team hand selects wild caught fish and shellfish for optimal freshness and sustainability. Find salmon, tuna, shrimp, crab, lobster, cod, halibut, and more. Or try our ready-to-cook shucked oysters and clams. Our seafood staff will happily share cooking tips and recipes to create your favorite seafood dishes at home.

Prepared Foods

For delicious ready-to-eat meals, visit Marianos Kitchen and our self-serve hot bars. Enjoy made-from-scratch soups, sides, and entrees for dine-in or take-out. Try our rotating daily specials. Or assemble your own salad, rice bowl, or pizza from our array of fresh ingredients. Our grab-and-go refrigerated cases offer pre-made sandwiches, salads, sushi, and desserts for a quick bite on the go.

Cheese

Step into our cheese cave to find hundreds of artisan, farmstead, and imported specialty cheeses carefully aged and stored. Our cheesemongers will guide you through the aromatic selections from France, Italy, Spain, and domestic creameries. We offer cheese platters, pairings, tastings, and classes. Discover new cheese favorites at Marianos!

Wine

The Marianos wine department boasts an extensive collection of bottles from around the world. Let our wine specialists help you select the perfect varietal. Choose from domestic and imported wines, including hard-to-find boutique labels. Take home new releases, staff picks, and samplings. Attend our in-store tastings and Wine 101 classes. We’ll steer you towards the ideal wines for any budget or occasion.

Beer

Pop into the Marianos beer cooler to find a refreshing selection of bottles, cans, drafts and growlers. Sampling is always welcome! Discover new microbrews from local Chicago and Wisconsin brewers. Explore domestic and imported options including IPAs, stouts, lagers, sours and more. Keep your fridge stocked with all your go-to brews thanks to our rotating taps and enormous cooler. Let us help curate the perfect six pack.

Spirits

Our spirits selection features a variety of whiskey, tequila, rum, vodka, gin, liqueurs, and everything to stock your home bar. Peruse premium bourbons and small batch selections. Try before you buy with samples. Take guidance from our experts to mix craft cocktails and find new favorites. Let us help you select the perfect spirit gifts. And don’t forget the ice, mixers, and glassware to complete your evening!

Grocery

Marianos has all your pantry staples and favorite snack brands at great prices. Find oils, spices, canned goods, baking necessities, cereal, granola bars, chips, crackers, and more. Discover new specialty sauces, dressings, appetizers, and boxed meals. We carry a wide selection of natural, organic, gluten-free, plant-based, and ethnic products to meet any preference or diet. Plus, everyday essentials like paper goods, cleaning supplies, vitamins, medications and baby products for convenience.

Home Goods

Beyond grocery, Marianos offers a variety of home goods under one roof. Stock your kitchen with cooking tools, appliances, dinnerware, glassware and more. Purchase health and beauty essentials without a trip to the drugstore. Choose from indoor and outdoor home furnishings and decor. Peruse books, magazines, greeting cards, office supplies, and electronics. Make your shopping even easier by combining errands at Marianos.

Floral

Surprise someone special with a burst of beauty from Marianos floral department. Our talented designers craft stunning bouquets for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and more. Select fresh-cut flowers, blooming plants, wreaths and arrangements. Order corsages and boutonnares for special events. Let us create centerpieces that will dazzle guests at your next dinner party. A handpicked bouquet is a simple way to brighten anyone’s day!

Pet

At Marianos, we love pets as much as you do! Shop our pet department for all your furry, scaly and feathered friends need. We carry premium and specialty pet foods including natural, organic, grain-free, raw and prescription diets. Pamper your pet with toys, beds, leashes, grooming tools and more. Plus, find healthcare products like flea and tick control without the trip to a separate pet supply retailer. We’re your neighborhood pet experts!

Our Products

At Marianos, we go to great lengths to source and deliver the best quality products. You won’t find generic commodity offerings on our shelves. Instead, we selectively partner with vendors committed to excellence. Here’s an inside look at some of our unique products:

Marianos Reserve Meats

Our Marianos Reserve brand denotes premium proprietary cuts and selections butchered in-house by our experts. This includes exclusive prime steaks, heritage breed pork, Wagyu beef, and custom sausages. You can only find Marianos Reserve at our stores. We oversee the process from farm to store to bring you exceptional flavor and tenderness. Discover the Marianos difference with our signature meats.

Local Produce

Throughout the year, Marianos proudly sources from area farms. In peak season, most of our fruits and vegetables are harvested locally – sometimes just hours before arriving at our stores! Get the freshest flavors with tomatoes, peaches, sweet corn, greens, squash, berries and much more from neighboring family farms. Our produce team nurtures lasting partnerships and often visits the farms. Local produce just tastes better!

Artisan Breads

Our from-scratch artisan breads require a 36-hour fermentation to develop deep, complex flavors. Using traditional techniques, our bakers shape the dough by hand then bake it fresh in store all day long. Smell that heavenly aroma! Try our signature ciabatta, pretzel loaf, olive loaf, baguettes, focaccia and more. Plus, choose from assorted sweet breads, muffins, scones and pastries baked in store daily. You’ll find artisan quality unmatched at the grocery store.

Sustainable Seafood

Preserving seafood for future generations matters to us. Marianos only sources wild caught fish and shellfish assessed as sustainable by the leading stewardship groups. We prohibit endangered species and harmful harvesting methods. Our fresh seafood travels directly from the coasts to our store within 24 hours, monitored for quality and temperature. Enjoy shrimp, salmon, tuna, halibut, cod and more, satisfied it’s responsibly sourced.

Organic/Natural Products

For those seeking food without artificial additives, preservatives or GMOs, Marianos dedicates entire aisles to natural and organic items. Our selection includes snacks, cereals, sauces, dairy, canned goods, baking items, grains, beauty products, baby supplies and much more. We work with leading organic brands and source from reputable vendors to maintain purity. Feed your family the goodness of organic foods from Marianos.

International Ingredients

Embark on a culinary world tour without leaving Marianos! Our global pantry contains specialty ingredients from China, Japan, Korea, India, the Middle East, Mexico and beyond. We partner with regional brands and suppliers to ensure authenticity. Find produce like yucca, plantains and chilies. Peruse Asian sauces, curries and spices for cooking. Or stock up on ethnic staples for Mexican, Indian and Asian home cooking. With our diverse selection, any cuisine is possible!

Gluten-Free Products

For those with dietary restrictions due to celiac disease, food allergies or preferences, Marianos offers hundreds of gluten-free options. Shop an entire section devoted to certified gluten-free snacks, meals, baking mixes, pastas and more. Or easily spot gluten-free items throughout the store via shelf tags. We also offer many low allergen and vegan items. Read labels carefully and partner with our staff to find foods for your needs.

Health and Wellness

Supporting your healthy lifestyle is important to us. That’s why Marianos offers clean eating tips, diet specific products, and better-for-you grocery options. Discover our selection of multivitamins, supplements and natural remedies. Peruse lower sugar, reduced fat, high fiber and high protein foods. Try alternative flours, non-dairy milks, veggie noodles, cauliflower crusts and other replacements for classic pantry items. Our wellness department lends a hand!

Our Commitment

At Marianos, we don’t take your trust lightly. We hold ourselves to high standards across every aspect of our brand – from our products and services to our values and community engagement. Here are the commitments we make to you:

Product Safety

Our top priority is providing safe, high quality groceries. We adhere to all federal, state and local food safety regulations. We work exclusively with suppliers and vendors that meet our strict criteria for safety practices. Our staff is trained diligently on safe food handling procedures at every stage – from receiving to storage, preparation, cleanliness and more. Regular audits help ensure best practices. If you ever have a question or concern, please reach out immediately.

Transparent Sourcing

You deserve to know where your food comes from. That’s why Marianos proudly shares the sources, vendors and producers behind all our products – just ask! We believe in building lasting partnerships with local farms, artisan suppliers, and small businesses. Many products are even traceable down to the individual farm or farm family. Learn the origins of your groceries at Marianos!

Sustainable Operations

Environmental stewardship matters. We aim for sustainability across all aspects of our company operations: Energy efficient equipment, reduced waste, recycling programs, sustainable seafood, reduced emissions, and eco-friendly building materials. Our staff undergoes green training on topics like composting and water conservation. We partner with vendors that share our sustainability commitments. Together, we can implement more planet-friendly best practices.