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Farmer's MarketPlace Open for Business

The new grocery store is located on Center Street at Atkinson Road.

Farmer's MarketPlace is open for business in Grayslake. Photo credit: Korrina Grom
Farmer's MarketPlace is open for business in Grayslake. Photo credit: Korrina Grom
Grayslake's newest grocery store is officially open for business.

After an unofficial, soft opening a couple of weeks ago, Farmer's MarketPlace is now celebrating its grand opening. Customers can even win prizes like a Weber grill and a mountain bike.

"It's very exciting," store owner Vicky Kouantas said of seeing the store open for customers. "And the most exciting thing is to hear the positive feedback from the people."

Kouantas said she's heard from customers that they like the ambiance and the cleanliness at Farmer's MarketPlace

The store took over the building that was previously occupied by Piggly Wiggly at the corner of Center Street and Atkinson Road. Piggly Wiggly closed in December 2012

Store manager John Partynski said he's heard from many customers that the store looks larger.

"That's just by design," said Partynski, adding that moving some things around—like offices—has created an "open shopping experience" for customers. "Nothing has moved in terms of walls."

He complimented Kouantas on the store's look, noting that "Vicky has taken her time to do the interior design." 

The store offers a large produce and deli section.

"It's an outstanding variety," said Partynski. He added that the store also plans to bring in locally-grown produce.

The deli features Boar's Head's top-of-the-line products, Partynski said. 

"We also bring an international flair," added Kouantas. There are imported meats, cheeses, liquors and canned goods, for example, from places like Greece, Poland and Bulgaria. 

Kouantas said the store will also offer an organic section.
Cornbread June 05, 2013 at 09:00 AM
I heard chatter from a neighbor that most of the produce was locally grown/sourced. True?
Tim Copeland June 05, 2013 at 09:50 AM
Basic store (no fish), but good quality produce.
Nick June 05, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Um.... it's exactly the same as Piggly Wiggly used to be. The just took down all the Piggly Wiggly signage. My wife when there on what we thought was their grand opening (apparently based on this article it was only the soft opening), and unless they changed anything from that weekend to now we were very underwhelmed. We were told that the produce would be fresh locally sourced produce, but there was no indication that that was so...
Nick June 05, 2013 at 12:10 PM
*They just took down, and *My wife and I went... I tried deleting and reposting with the corrections, but for some reason my computer or the patch isn't letting me do that.
Charles June 05, 2013 at 12:14 PM
My son went there and said pretty much the same thing Nick said. He said it was unimpressive and won't be going back. Pretty much tells me to save my time and not go as well.
Sam June 05, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Nick I don't know where you get your information from but when I went in I was thoroughly impressed with the selection of fresh produce which I was told comes from the Chicago International Produce Market, same place where most independent grocery stores by their produce from (i.e Garden Fresh, Butera). They switched to Boars Head in the deli, quite a step up from Dietz and Watson that Piggly Wiggly had. You know sometimes all you have to do is ask around instead of making up rumors and spreading misinformation. The place is independently run, they are NOT a Piggly Wiggly. They've even gone so far as to hire back many of the former employees and provided jobs for many others. You really need to get your facts straight and appreciate those independents that try to put something different in the area. Their focus is on produce, deli and meat, not to be just another Jewel.
Nick June 06, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Dang Sam, a little sensitive aren't ya? I was not making up rumors or spreading misinformation as you put it. All I was doing was giving my first hand impression of the store. If you read my post, you'll see that I got my information from actually going into the store and shopping around with my wife. When I went there opening weekend, there were no signs or display stands to indicate to me that the produce had come from the Chicago International Produce Market. Since there were no signs I'll have to take your word for it. I did notice the Boar's Head and I will grant you that Boar's Head is a very quality product, but to be honest I stopped going to Piggly Wiggly long ago and didn't remember what kind of deli meats and cheeses they had. Calling them an independent is laughable... you sir should get your facts straight and not spread misinformation. The following is taken directly from The Patch, "Farmer's Market Place owner and operator Vicky Kouantas told Patch Tuesday that the new store will still have a Piggly Wiggly connection. Piggly Wiggly Midwest, which is headquartered in Sheboygan, Wis., and supplies more than 100 stores, will be Farmer's Market Place's primary wholesaler for a variety of food and other items." http://grayslake.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/grayslake-piggly-wiggly-to-be-farmer-s-market-place Charles' son agrees with me, and I'm sure he's not the only one... enjoy having the wool pulled over your eyes.
Sam June 06, 2013 at 04:59 PM
A little chippy aren't we Nick? Am I really getting the wool pulled over my eyes and you're the smart one that sniffs these things out? Before falling back so conveniently on conspiracy theories to rationalize things I really think you should employ common sense. So you mean there are no such thing as independent grocery stores that are supplied by wholesalers? Just like Supervalu, or Centrella, or Roundy's. They are wholesaler's that sell name brand goods like cherrios, and their generic version. So what is the difference between buying cheerios from a store that supplied by Piggly Wiggly, and one that is supplied by Centrella. It's the same product Nick! Everything else in the store the deli, produce and meat are sourced elsewhere hey just like an independent Nick! And they don't carry a loyalty card Nick! So they can choose to be supplied by Piggly Wiggly and carry name brand and Food Club items or switch to other wholesalers if it doesn't suit them in the future just like any other independent. Besides why do you hate Piggly Wiggly so much? They are a wholesaler of groceries. Nick I bet you would like them better if they didn't have such a silly hokey name, does Centrella, Roundy's or Supervalu sound better to you, would that make you feel better? Independents gain an edge over big box grocery stores like Jewel by tailoring their strategy to produce, deli, and meat to differentiate themselves, groceries, although important, are not at the top of the priority list. I for one welcome the new store here, I'm very familar with independent markets like Fresh Farm, Shop and Save Market, Tony's Finer Foods, Garden Fresh, Caputos having lived in the Niles and Wheeling area for most of my life. These stores are all supplied by wholesalers for groceries and source other departments themselves. Bottom line Nick, take your blinders off and stop being two things, rude, and even worse, ignorant....
Sam June 06, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Sorry didn't mean to come off like that Nick but saying that I'm having the wool pulled over my eyes when I've shopped at independents for over 30 years is upsetting to say the least...
Nick June 06, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Sam, whether you meant to or not you really did come off "that way". It's hilarious that you said I was being rude when you were the one who was rude first implying I was an idiot or purposely spreading rumors and misinformation just for stating my first hand opinion of the place. If they wanted to really separate themselves from the disaster they replace, they should've gone with one of those other wholesalers you mentioned. I said you were having the wool pulled over your eyes because your reply to my post was pompously flaming off about how much different and fantastic this place is as if it were a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. Pardon the pun, but a pig with lipstick on is still just a pig. Congrats for supporting independents for +30 years... You win you are a better consumer than I.
Sam June 07, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Nick, we can argue all day till we're blue in the face about this, however, a wholesaler is simply a wholesaler. All they are doing is supplying groceries and that's where their involvement ends. In response to your Trader Joe's and Whole foods comment you are presenting as an example large scale multi billion dollar businesses that have a successful established business model. It's great that you can find one almost anywhere and consistently find the same type of products across any store in the chain. It's great that they can charge a premium because they sell you organic or an item you otherwise wouldn't find at Jewel or Costco, but real families who are seeking quality and value can't afford to have their noses up in the air as if they're part of an elitist class or something. If you think about it most families don't do all of their shopping in one place. They go to Trader Joes for a few unique items they can't find elsewhere, same with Whole Foods but the staple items are usually bought in your traditional grocery store setting. So I never tried to compare them to these large scale niche food retailers. So again, if you want to say that the wool was pulled over my eyes that's your opinion. It's a poor one just like your earlier conjecture but you're entitled to that just as I am I suppose.
Judi Hanner June 07, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Dear Nick and Sam - both of you should grow up....and shut up. Thank you.

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