LAKEVIEW — Step aside, Mariano's: There's another new grocery store in town.
As east Lakeview customers revel in the upscale kiosks in the new Broadway Mariano's that opened in August, those on the west side of the neighborhood have been awaiting a similarly titanic grocery store.
Whole Foods broke ground on its second-largest location in Chicago in November 2015, and after 1 year and 4 months of construction, it will open at 3201 N. Ashland Ave. in March.
It took months and several revisions for neighbors to approve the grocery market, with developers adding a garden walk on Melrose Street and a more attractive street-level facade to the plans.
The 75,000-square-foot store will replace the Whole Foods one block north at 3300 N. Ashland Ave.
Whole Foods added its signs to the building in recent weeks, along with a banner announcing a grand opening set for March 22.
Check out photos of construction progress over the past year:
November 2015 [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]
From southeast corner of Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont, early 2016 [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]
May 2016 [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]
Ashland-facing facade, July 2016 [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]
Ashland main entrance, October 2016 [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]
View from Belmont Avenue toward the intersection, October 2016. [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]
Asland Avenue, October 2016. [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]
Front entrance, January 2017. [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]
Rendering of intersection-facing facade [Provided/44th Ward]
Rendering of Melrose Street garden walk [Provided/44th Ward]
Rendering of Ashland-facing facade [Provided/44th Ward]
Altered rendering following neighborhood meetings [Provided/44th Ward]
Whole Foods Lakeview entrance, January 2017. [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]