Pete's Fresh Market finalizes Dominick's purchase

New store aims to sell liquor and include in-house Starbuck's

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

It's official: Pete's Fresh Market has purchased the former Dominick's grocery store in Oak Park, according to Pete's executive officer Stephanie Dremonas.

Dremonas tells Wednesday Journal that Pete's closed on the purchase of the shuttered grocery store at 259 Lake St. on Jan. 24th for an undisclosed amount.

"It's off to the races," Dremonas said, adding that the Chicago-based grocery chain already has begun drawing elevations and developing floor plans for the new location.

Dremonas said in late January that Pete's aims to have the store opened by year's end.

"We definitely want to open as soon as we can," she said in a recent interview.

In addition to its emphasis on fresh produce, the store plans to sell liquor and it also is working to include a satellite Starbuck's coffee shop, Dremonas said.

She said the company already is hearing from Oak Parkers posting suggestions for the new store on Pete's corporate website and Facebook fan page.

"They want to see something fresh, and they want to see something new," she said.

Dremonas said in January that the store will include a full-service meat and seafood counter, deli and homemade bakery department. In a recent interview she said it still is uncertain whether the store will include a pharmacy.

"We're excited to join the community and to build a store that the patrons can be proud of and that the community endorses," she said.

The former Dominick's was one of 72 locations in the metropolitan area that closed in December when California-based parent company Safeway Inc. decided to exit the Chicago market.

Reporter Timothy Inklebarger can be reached at tim@oakpark.com

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OP Transplant  

Posted: February 9th, 2014 9:08 AM

We're getting a great store, in a location that is also convenient for shoppers from underserved city neighborhoods. Good news all around.

Matt Baron  

Posted: February 8th, 2014 8:11 PM

This is excellent news, on many levels. Competition is good, and this fills a void in that part of town. We Oak Parkers will not be shy in conveying what we want, and in moving our business to/from a proprietor that doesn't align with our desires.

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 7th, 2014 1:15 PM

It's hard to understand Oak Park police policy regarding enforcement of handicapped parking restrictions. I see officers patrolling the Village lots on S. Oak Park Avenue and they appear to writing a lot of citations for meter violations. Why they are so lax or reluctant to address the obvious violations relating to spaces reserved for disabled drivers is perplexing. Several years, a group of citizens were empowered to patrol lots in the Village and issue tickets for restricted parking violations. Might be time for the Village Board and our Police Chief to revisit that approach. I've alerted personnel at the Jewel to the problem and they simply shrug it off and do nothing. Again, we're back to the overall mismanagement of the store. Sadly, it seems OPPD is equally at fault.

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: February 7th, 2014 12:54 PM

Jim - totally agree on the parking issue at the Madison Jewel. I've been saying for years that they could also make taxes go down by 50% instantly by ticketing all the morons who park in the "No Parking Here To The Curb" spot on the east side of the Madison entrance. I've seen people park there at 7:30 in the morning when the whole parking lot is empty. If they gave commissions on tickets, I'd apply immediately and just sit there all day. It's not only illegal, but very unsafe.

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 7th, 2014 11:29 AM

I'm with you, Done. The Madison Street Jewel is grossly mismanaged and staff are not properly supervised. Rotten produce and food products well passed the expiration dates can be regularly found on the store's shelves. Don't bother contacting corporate about conditions in the store. They'll quickly pass you off to the store manager and nothing changes. Note to Oak Park Police; a small fortune could be realized by enforcing the handicapped parking restrictions.

Meg Herman from Oak Park   

Posted: February 7th, 2014 10:51 AM

Why the whining of the RF Jewel. It is a roomy store compared to the NYC style one on Madison in OP. Still thrilled to have Pete's! Don't overdo the rehab, just get it open asap and you WILL be profitable. Welcome to the hood!

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: February 7th, 2014 9:03 AM

Suzette and Dan - if you would like to see a lousy Jewel, come to the OP store on Madison. The RF Jewel is heaven compared to the Madison one.

Yosef from Oak Park  

Posted: February 7th, 2014 6:29 AM

Go Organic! @ reasonable price. Encourage "Healthy" eating...not just "Fresh"...$2.49/# for organic grapefruit is prohibitive...Let's do better..."Healthy" eating for less! Thanks and welcome to Oak Park...you'll love it here.

Riley from CHICAGO  

Posted: February 6th, 2014 8:48 PM

Where can I fill out an application for Employment?

Chuck from Oak Park, IL  

Posted: February 6th, 2014 7:27 PM

Yay Pete's! And thanks for planning to sell liquor like the old Dominick's did! It will be very good to have a grocery store in walking distance again.

Betsy Hiltscher from Oak Park  

Posted: February 6th, 2014 6:49 PM

Welcome Pete's! And thank you for investing our community. Your store in Oak brook Terrace is AWESOME! Fabulous produce, meats, grocery, bakery, dairy, everything! And your staff is always so helpful and pleasant. Can't wait for you to open. Then I never have to go back to Jewell again. (Sorry, Jewell, but true).

Suzette from Oak Park  

Posted: February 6th, 2014 6:48 PM

Very happy to hear we will have another grocery in Dominicks space. I have to agree with Dan, the Jewel in RF is poor.....after all that remodeling and mess, one would think improvement would have been in the plan. Welcome Pete's Market-we can hardly wait !

Dan Lauber from River Forest  

Posted: February 6th, 2014 6:40 PM

Wow, if Pete's produce is really good, maybe it will force the new owners of the Jewel in River Forest to sell quality produce too. So far the new owners have done everything they can to make their long-time customer base really dislike the "new" Jewel. And they're getting away with it without competition from Dominicks. So welcome Pete's - bring a quality shopping experience and quality groceries back to Oak Park-River Forest.

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