Saturday, June 8, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Patrons shop at Kingston Market Caribbean and African Groceries during the store’s opening day on Saturday. | Michael Romain
A new independent grocer recently opened in Maywood and it sells products you won’t get at your typical corporate chains.
Kingston Market Caribbean and African Groceries, 1401 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, opened its doors for the first time on June 8.
Mark Phillips, 36, who owns and operates the store alongside his wife, Askale Phillips, 29, said that his establishment offers products that are directly imported from Jamaica.
Mark Phillips (in the green shirt) opened the Maywood store with his wife Askale, far left. Front row: Askale, daughter Yara, son Jovanni Finley, Eugenia and brother Landon Rowan. Back row: Barrington and Mark.
Patrons will find on the shelves everything from Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, 10 brands of jerk chicken marinade and salted fish products to that hard-to-find authentic hard dough bread.
Phillips said that his store is likely the first of its kind in the west suburbs and on the Chicago area’s west side, more generally, serving customers who want authentic Caribbean and African food products.
The store has nearly a dozen different marinade, as well as hard dough bread and other Caribbean staples. | Michael Romain
“We really wanted to emphasize the Jamaican selection, because those products are slim in other stores,” said Phillips.
His father, Barrington, immigrated from Jamaica and his mother, Eugenia, immigrated from the Philippines. Phillips, his wife and their son, Jovanni, were all born in Jamaica.
“We always wanted to do this as a family growing up,” said Phillips, who also has a professional background in real estate. “So, we put it into motion.”
Kingston Market Caribbean and African Groceries is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days. For more info, call (708) 589-5703. VFP
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