Yes, my dear South Loop neighbors, Mariano's is still on the way. It will open in the neighborhood just as it said it would a while back. Right there on Clark Street at 16th.
My neighbors got a bit ruffled a few days ago when they found out here in Crain's that the grocery store property--nearing completion--was being sold. I think the fear factor prevented people from reading the fine print in the article, which said that while the property is in fact up for sale at a nice profit for the developers, the Mariano's lease will--yes!--accompany the sale!
So have no fear; like other surrounding Loop neighborhoods, the Mariano's in our Loop 'hood will also come to pass. And will be hard to pass up. Both for us shoppers. And presumably for the new owners of the building.