Employment opportunities are always welcome news, and those with a passion for food, wine, cheeses and gelato might soon find themselves employed by a gourmet market coming to town.
Standard Market, which opened its first store in Westmont almost three years ago, is planning to open a second store in the coming weeks in Naperville at 1508 Aurora Ave. The 40,000-square-foot facility will include fresh and prepared foods, ready-made meals, a cheese cave, aged meats, gelato, a confectionary and coffee shop, restaurant and more.
Partner Brett Verkaik said about the new venture that “we looked at the things we did in the first store and took what we learned and applied it” in designing the second Standard Market.
“We’ve made changes based on the first store and added things in terms of new products and departments,” Verkaik said. “Our goal is to be a ‘go-to’ place for all your food and shopping needs, whether you want to pick up the ingredients to make a great meal or have something that is already prepared.”
The good news, employment-wise, is that Standard Market plans to add more than 225 jobs to the Naperville area
“We’ll be talking to meat cutters, fishmongers, wine and cheese members, prep and line cooks, restaurant servers, cashiers and baggers, and more,” Verkaik said. “There are jobs where you’ll need experience but also plenty of jobs for someone who is 16 or 17 and is looking for work.”
Verkaik said Naperville was chosen for the second market because it is “a dynamic and growing suburb” that the company believes “is looking for higher-quality products.”
“Our feeling is that people want a better quality of product to either eat or to make meals from, and we offer some of the most spectacular products in the Chicago area from meat we cut and age ourself to having our own ‘cheese cave’ where we age our products,” he said.
Standard Market plans to hold an extensive job fair over a four-day period, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 24 through 28 at its corporate office in Westmont. Training will be in mid to late spring. The store is scheduled to open in mid-May.