In an unexpected and unprecedented move late last year, Safeway Inc. ordered the closure of the 72 Dominick's grocery store locations around the Chicagoland area causing the loss of hundreds of jobs and prompting Mayor Emanuel to launch a task force to find new tenants for the shuttered stores. During the chaos, Milwaukee based Roundy's scooped up 11 stores for $36 million with plans to reopen the locations as Mariano's markets. Former Dominick's competitor Jewel purchased four locations and reopened the stores after a four day quick renovation.
The Park Ridge location, the first of the eleven stores Mariano's is currently renovating is scheduled to open February 18. No date has been set for the remaining ten stores, however most locations are undergoing a 30-45 day renovation. And the latest on Rahm's taskforce? As of this week the taskforce has stated it is "currently targeting about a dozen local and national grocers, each of which has the capacity to expand into one or more of these locations."
· Mariano's to open first former Dominick's store on Feb. 18 [Tribune]
· Rahm Emanuel's grocery store task force sets priorities [Chicago Business Journal]
· 57 Dominick's Stores Shuttered Over The Weekend: Now What? [Curbed]