Holding to its promise of a June opening, Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets will open for business at 7 a.m. Friday.
The new store has been in the making since February, when Angelo Caputo’s announced it would take over the former Dominick’s site at 42 W. Ogden Ave. in Downers Grove.
Curt Case, marketing director for Angelo Caputo’s corporate office, said the grocer would continue to do as it always has: serve customers and provide a superior shopping experience.
Case was unworried about the Downers Grove store’s Trader Joe’s neighbor or Mariano’s aggressive push into the Chicago market, luring customers with speciality imported food items.
“That’s what we’ve always done,” Case said. “The demographic has always catered to the European shopper.”
The Downers Grove location will offer a 25-table restaurant and full bar, a juice bar, expanded hot and cold tables, order-to-go menus and, eventually, personal shoppers, in addition to Caputo’s well-known, expansive produce selection, deli, butcher and grocery items.
Bar Angelo, the store's sitdown restaurant, will offer Italian cuisine, burgers, sandwiches and seafood.
Get a sneak peak of Angelo Caputo's restaurant menu.
Case said workers would most likely be pulling an all-nighter when fresh fruits and vegetables were delivered early Friday morning -- the last items to be stocked in the store.
“We wanted everything to be fresh,” he said. “If the produce was delivered a week ago we would have been throwing it away by now.”
The store employs 270, but Case said Caputo's still looking for chefs, line cooks, and servers at the Downers Grove and soon-to-open Carol Stream location.
Downers Grove is the eighth Angelo Captuo’s store in the Chicago area. A store in Carol Stream, where the grocer’s corporate headquarters is located, is expected to open later this summer.
Case said there would be a grand opening at the Downer’s Grove store sometime next month.