Several new Jewels opened today. Customers we talked to seemed satisfied with the changes.
Four Dominick’s stores re-opened as Jewel-Osco supermarkets Thursday.
The stores closed Sunday to allow time for the transition, but debuted following four days of renovations.
Jewel-Osco acquired the stores last month following an announcement that Dominick’s parent company Safeway was pulling its 72 stores out of the Chicago market.
Company officials said four stores were sold to New Albertsons, Inc., which operates Jewel-Osco grocery stores.
The sold stores include:
Despite several closures in the area, the purchased stores remained open under the Dominick’s banner until Jewel-Osco could complete their conversion.
The pharmacies at all four locations remained open throughout the conversion. The U.S. Bank branch at the Clybourn Avenue store closed but the Chase bank branches at the other locations remained remain open.
As many current employees as possible were expected to be transitioned into the new Jewel stores, officials said. And Jewel-Osco spokeswoman Allison Sperling told Crain’s that all 450 employees were offered employment at Jewel.
Jewel targeted former Dominick’s shoppers earlier this month by offering 10 percent off any food or merchandise purchase in exchange for a Dominick’s loyalty card.
Similarly, Whole Foods mailed flyers offering Dominick's shoppers $15 off a $50 purchase, along with a sympathy note and a list of items that defy the store's expensive reputation, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Shoppers have until Feb. 15 to use the coupons, or present their Dominick’s loyalty cards to get the savings.
Mariano’s Fresh Market also purchased 11 stores last month.
Mariano’s will take over five of the Dominick's stores in January and convert them to Mariano's stores within 30-45 days. Five other stores will convert over to Mariano's in early March, and the Westchester store will transition later in the year after a more extensive renovation.