Tony’s marks 40th with new store in Berwyn

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Tony’s Fresh Market rang in its 40th year with the grand opening of a new grocery store in the Cermak Plaza Shopping Center in Berwyn.

Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero and other city officials presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome Tony’s, which simultaneously shuttered its North Riverside location.

The new Tony’s took over 71,500 square feet previously occupied by Meijer. The move marked a 25 percent increase over the North Riverside footprint and maintained Tony’s 15-store area-wide presence.

Tony’s was founded in 1979 by Tony Ingraffia and Domenico Gambino, cousins from Ciminna, Sicily, who built a grocery empire from a 9,000-square-foot location on Fullerton Avenue in Chicago.

Currently operating out of a 140,000-square-foot warehouse and corporate headquarters in Itasca, Tony’s has stores in Berwyn, Bolingbrook, Bridgeview, Hanover Park, Melrose Park, Niles, Plainfield and Prospect Heights, as well as five in Chicago.

Gambino is active in the Chicago-area Italian-American community, holding leadership positions with Casa Italia, the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans and Società & San Giovanni Bosco SS. di Ciminna.

For details, turn to pages 40 and 41 or visit tonysfreshmarket.com.

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