Dominick's closes its doors in Downers Grove, no new owner in sight

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 1:31 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – Dominick's in Downers Grove closed Saturday along with dozens of other locations that parent company Safeway were not able to sell to competitors.

Safeway announced this fall that it would be closing any of its 72 stores that were not purchased by competitors, leading to clearance sales earlier in December, and empty shelves by last week.

Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Michael Cassa said discussions with potential tenants are continuing, but there was nothing new to report as of Tuesday.

Mariano’s Fresh Market and Jewel have announced the purchase of several Dominick’s in the Chicago area, and Whole Foods is rumored to be pursuing a short list of stores.

In Downers Grove, the 72,000-square-foot grocery store at 42 Ogden Ave. serves as an anchor business for about a half-dozen businesses in the strip mall, including Sally Beauty Supply, Hallmark and Oberweis Dairy.

Cassa and employees of neighboring businesses expressed concern earlier in December about how losing the shopping anchor would affect business.

“I think it’s a shame what Safeway is doing,” said Deborah Hansen, the manager of an adjacent business. “When people say Dominick’s is closing, it’s not just Dominick’s employees who are affected.”

Safeway did not return calls requesting comment.

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