CHICAGO — Mariano’s is closing in on becoming the No. 2 supermarket chain here, only four years after entering the market. The company, which operates 13 upscale stores in the Chicago area, signed a definitive agreement last week with Safeway to acquire 11 Dominick’s locations for $36 million in cash and assumption of leases. With five new stores already scheduled to open in 2014, Mariano’s should end next year with 29 stores, with the potential for 45 or 50 stores ...

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