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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.
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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