WEST TOWN — There's a new corner market in West Town.
Owned by sister-in-laws Sofia and Cindy Saba, Mango opened at 1458 N. Western Ave. in West Town last week.
The 1,000-square-foot market at the southwest corner of Le Moyne Street and Western Avenue replaces groomers A Doggie Business, which closed last year.
Though new to running a food market, the Sabas' uncle, Sam Mubayed, owned Universal Liquors at 1803 W. North Ave., which closed a few years ago so the Mubayed family could focus on Shawarma Garden at 1951 W. Division St. in Wicker Park.
While the name Mango represents a blending of Cindy and Sofia Saba's children's first names, Michael and Angelina, Cindy Saba said they've embraced the literal meaning of mango, as in the fruit, and plan to pass out complimentary mangos during a grand opening in December.
Pending approval of a liquor license, Mango plans to sell beer and wine beginning in December, Cindy Saba said Sunday.
The family-run grocer currently offers a variety of canned and packaged pasta goods as well as organic baby food and dry quinoa grains.
Cindy Saba said fresh seasonal produce such as acorn and spaghetti squash, bananas, sweet potatoes and pomegranates were added to the inventory when she realized "there's not a lot of places to go to get produce" on the stretch of Western Avenue where Mango is, just south of North avenue.
For those seeking a quick food fix, Mango offers several types of chocolate bars, crackers, frozen pizzas and a freezer full of Ben and Jerry's ice cream.
Sofia's father, Mike Saba, who was working the front counter Sunday, said neighbors are telling him they "like the place" but it's too soon to tell what the most popular items are or will be.
Mike purchased wine corks online and glued them to the front of the counter, while Cindy Saba made a suggestion box.
Though no suggestions have been made in writing yet, Cindy Saba said there have been verbal requests for rice milk and gluten-free foods. Eventually they'd like to hear from customers on what kinds of craft beer they'd like to see, too.
"We want to cater to the neighborhood people, find out what they want," Cindy Saba said.
The store's hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for now but are expected to be extended once a liquor license is received, Cindy Saba said.
The store's phone number is 773-697-7170.