We've been surprised that, in the month since Safeway announced it was abandoning the Chicago market and off-loading its Dominick's stores, there are still just four stores which have been claimed by competitors. Last week, Safeway announced it will shutter all remaining Dominick's on Dec. 28 if they aren't purchased.
That would include the Dominick's on Lake Street in Oak Park and on North Avenue in River Forest. Now no one has much hope for the River Forest location. That village has been expecting this old and cramped store to disappear for years. It will and redevelopment will eventually follow.
But in Oak Park, the Dominick's is larger, newer and more vital. What, we'd ask, is Oak Park, or its agents, doing to fill that space? We get that this is ultimately a private deal, but that does not mean aggressive advocacy by a well-focused economic development team would not have effect.