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Downers Grove Caputo's set to open Friday

DOWNERS GROVE – Angelo Caputo's Fresh Market is set to open Friday in the former Dominick's at 42 Ogden Ave.

Caputo's spokesman Curt Case said contractor delays and equipment deliveries pushed the opening back about a month later than originally planned.

"Now they're stocking the shelves as we speak," he said.

He said other than adding the Caputo's sign to the front of the building, all major work is done. The new interior will feature a restaurant and a bar, as well as expanded deli, meats and produce sections.

Earlier this spring, Caputo's was granted approval by the village to serve alcohol in the store. Previously the village only allowed downtown groceries to serve alcohol.

The new Caputo's in Downers Grove will anchor about a half-dozen businesses in the strip mall, including a Sally Beauty Supply, Hallmark and Oberweis Dairy.

The Elmwood Park-based family grocery chain took over the 72,000-square foot Dominick's lease in April. In December, Dominick's parent company Safeway announced the closure of all 72 Dominick's stores. Many were bought and converted by Jewel, Mariano's and Whole Foods.

This will be the eighth Caputo's location, joining Addison, Blooomingdale, Elmwood Park, Hanover Park, Naperville, Elgin and Carol Stream.

Case said plans are still in the works for a grand opening.

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