Chicago-based Tony’s Fresh Market with a new location in Joliet, Ill. The store located at 1801 West Jefferson St. on the site of a former Kmart and will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to the grocer’s website.
Tony’s Fresh Market, which was recently acquired by Apollo Global Management, purchased the property in 2020. The location had been an eyesore for the city of Joliet, located about 40 miles southwest of Chicago, since Kmart closed its doors in 2016, the grocer said.
Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk called Tony’s Fresh Market’s purchase of the property «a great development for the Joliet community» and said the business will «increase the city’s tax base at a prominent property that has shown no signs of life in five years.»
The city of Joliet’s website said the new Tony’s will offer hot bars, salad bars, sushi, deli, bakery, an extensive meat department, a fish counter and more in its 70,000-square-foot space, according to the city of Joliet website.
Tony’s, founded in 1979 by Italian immigrants Tony Ingraffia and Domenico Gambino, operates stores across the Chicago area.