First reported 2/16/2010 9:29 a.m.
As of this morning, a drive up
Today there's a new location, and a new leaf, for the compact
"This is an investment. We're very proud," says Robertino Presta, CEO of Angelo Caputo's Fresh Markets, who started out as a stock boy 30 years ago at 2560
By local standards, Caputo's new 30,000-square-foot store can compare with the chains: Whole Foods Market in
Presta won't give an exact figure for the move and the expansion 10 months in the making. He says that neither the $7 million price tag reported by The Chicago Tribune nor the $14 million price tag reported by Pioneer Press is correct.
"I don't know where they got those numbers. I've still got bills coming in. I'm not sure myself of the total. But if you look at 10 million, I think it won't be too far off," Presta said.
To run the new location, 80 more people have been hired, doubling the staff to 160. And they're working in departments old and new.
Produce still rules. This is where you'll find everything you recognize plus black radishes, bitter melons, and artichoke cousins named cardone. Beyond this department, which could fit almost the entire old store, specialties abound.
In the dry goods aisles, there are four kinds of wheat flour from
The new Caputo's has a full kitchen, where such traditional fare as heat-and-serve meals - and mozzarella - will be made daily. Also coming out of this kitchen: sushi. At the in-house bakery, fresh loaves of breads will be ready every three hours. The pastries will continue to be brought in from
To the right of the pastry showcases is a coffee and gelato bar. And next to that grab-and-go area is a serving station and a seating area, should you need to nosh before you leave the store.
For all the excitement about the bright and big new place, mention of 2560
"To me, that's always Caputo's. That's where my ma brought me as a kid," said one employee stocking the coffee shelves.
"That's where I met my wife," says Presta, referring to his teen co-worker, Antonella Caputo.