Dozens of Dominick's stores in the Chicago area closed Saturday, leaving thousands of employees out of work and many more shoppers missing their preferred supermarkets.
Whole Foods Market Inc. is purchasing some of the shuttered Dominick's stores in the Chicago area, Crain's Chicago Business reported.
A source familiar with the company's plans told Crain's that Whole Foods will take over the following locations in Chicago:
Willowbrook village administrator Tim Halik confirmed Whole Foods also will buy the suburban space at 6300 S. Robert Kingery Hwy. where a Dominick's once stood.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Whole Foods will also take over the Elmhurst store at 215 S. Route 83, and the Evanston store at 2748 Green Bay Road.
A Whole Foods official told the Sun-Times that it may take anywhere from 12-15 months to open the new stores.
Dominick's parent company, Safeway, announced in October its decision to pull its 72 stores out of the Chicago market because of poor sales.
Mariano's purchased 11 of the stores, and four Dominick’s stores have since re-opened as Jewel-Osco supermarkets.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed a high-level task force in Chicago to market the many still-vacant spaces.
Whole Foods was rumored at one point to be taking over seven shuttered Dominick's stores.