By Anna Lothson
Regardless of when a sale goes through, Dominick's will be closing its doors by Dec. 28, which includes the Oak Park and River Forest locations.
Oak Park Business Services Manager Loretta Daly confirmed the village received notice via letter of the Dec. 28 closing date. Conversations have been held prior to that announcement about interested companies looking to possibly move into the space, but Daly said she has not heard about any specific offers. Because negotiations are private, Daly said the village is not currently involved in formal discussions.
When the initial news broke last month about Dominick's closing, Daly said there have been conversations with groups that have shown interest in bringing another grocery store to the Lake Street location.
While the fate of the two area stores remain unknown, an announcement made Thursday by Bob Mariano, CEO of parent company Roundy's, indicated that Mariano's is reviewing locations in the Chicago area. Mariano gave a report about the company's third quarter earnings Thursday.
"We are reviewing those stores and are in the process of determining which stores could fit our strategic plan for Chicago, based on our existing network of stores and our current expansion plans for Mariano's," Mariano said, according to a statement provided by the company's corporate communications office.
"We are also analyzing what that could mean from a capital requirements perspective. The review is ongoing both internally and with our financial advisors, and if and when we have more to say on this, we will communicate accordingly at that time."
The Oak Park store at 259 Lake St. has been in business since the late 1980s and replaced a large and obsolete bus barn operated by West Towns Bus Company. Dominick's owns the Oak Park property.
The River Forest Dominick's, 7501 North Ave., is among the chain's oldest and smallest locations. Situated on North Avenue it has been the subject of rumored closings for many years though the Journal reported in January 2012 that a five-year lease extension had just been signed.
Four of the 68 Dominick's have been sold to Jewel and the future of the Oak Park and River Forest locations are unknown. Either way, according to multiple media reports, employees could be without a job comes Dec. 28 if a deal with another company doesn't come through. Dominick's employees also recently received notice by letter.