The roughly 5,600 Dominick’s employees in jeopardy of losing their jobs around the holidays this year have the opportunity Tuesday to find new ones at a job fair.
Nearly 70 stores in the Chicago area are set to close by December 28th.
The grocery store chain is holding the event at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont until 6pm.
“It’s bitter sweet. I will admit it. It’s bitter sweet. But, we’re doing everything that we can to support our employees, and to assist them in this transition. We realize that it is a monumental transition,” said Lauri Sanders, Director of Public Affairs for Dominick’s.
Jewel, Meijer, Peapod, and Whole Foods are among the more than 40 companies participating in the job fair. The one major company not there: Mariano’s.
It’s hosting its own job fair at the Double Tree Hotel in Rosemont, which is just next door to the Dominick`s job fair. But, it’s strictly for the company`s soon-to-open store in Lake Zurich. A former Dominick’s executive now oversees Mariano’s. Mariano’s says the timing and location are a coincidence.
The Dominick’s job fair comes with a negative side though. If its employees take new jobs now, they won`t get their severance packages.
WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.