Dominick’s closings hurting some neighborhoods

Dominick’s stores across the Chicago area are just days away from shutting down for good, and a group of independent grocery stores that are affiliated with Centrella in Joliet may try to purchase some of the roughly 50 remaining locations.

All Dominick’s stores are slated to close by December 28th. Mariano’s and Jewel have purchased some of the Dominick’s locations.

The uncertainty of some of the Dominick’s stores, especially the one in the South Shore neighborhood, is making loyal shoppers wonder where they’ll be able to buy their groceries. Some of them don’t have vehicles, or are senior citizens who can’t travel far.

A man who runs a ferry service to-and-from the Dominick’s in South Shore is worried about his business.

“It’s a big dent. It’s a distance. It’s going to affect us a lot too because people are going to be in the other areas already so they’re not going to call us to come all the way over there,” said Abdul Sadat.

Ald. Leslie Hairston and Mayor Emanuel have set up a task force to talk to independent grocers to lure them to communities where Dominick’s are leaving.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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