It will be awhile before Whole Foods opens in the seven old Chicago-area Dominick's stores it purchased.
The grocery chain's new stores won't open their doors until 2015, according to Crain's Chicago Business. Some of the locations, including the storefronts in the Streeterville and West Loop neighborhoods, posted signs announcing the 2015 opening.
Whole Foods Market Inc. confirmed last month its purchase of the following shuttered stores:
- 1 N. Halsted St., Chicago's West Loop neighborhood
- 255 E. Grand Ave., Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood
- 6009 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood
- 959 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood
- 6300 S. Robert Kingery Hwy., Willowbrook
- 215 S. Route 83, Elmhurst
- 2748 Green Bay Road, Evanston
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.