Dominick’s leaving Chicago area; parent company to sell stores

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A grocery store chain that’s been a staple in the Chicago area for nearly 100 years will soon be history.

The owner of Dominick’s, Safeway Inc., announced Thursday it’s bagging the chain and will leave the super-competitive market as soon as the end of the year. Safeway bought Dominick’s for $1.2 billion in 1998. Safeway said it’s trying to sell as many of the stores as quickly as it can.

This sudden move is stunning customers.

“Some people I know… from coming in all the time. So, it’s a shame,” said one regular shopper.

This surprising announcement also means thousands of workers, most of whom are unionized, at the chain’s 72 stores are worried about their financial futures.

The union that represents employees is disappointed with the decision, and believes a big tax break is behind Safeway’s decision.

“When Safeway came in and they took over, they had this attitude that we’re gonna teach people in Chicago how to shop,” said Union representative Eric Bailey.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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