Dominick’s Closing

When Joann Corazelli heard her Dominick’s will soon be shutting its doors for good, she wasn’t happy.

“We feel like they’re really friendly at Dominick’s,” she said. “The food doesn’t expire quickly. The kids like it so we’re a bit disappointed that it’s closing.”

Dominick’s will be closing its 72 locations throughout the Chicago land area, including three here in Naperville.

The closing has the potential for significant lost dollars to the city.

“If those stores were to close and those sales were not to move to other grocers within Naperville, the impact would be about $600,000 in lost sales tax revenue to the city,” said City Manager Doug Krieger. “However, I think that will be mitigated by people just choosing to shop somewhere else.”

In recent years, more and more discounters like Target, Meijer, and Wal-Mart have entered the grocery industry, joining supermarket chains like Jewel and Whole Foods, and independent grocers like Casey’s.

So with dozens of places in the mix, how do Naperville residents choose where to shop?

“I tend to gravitate towards stores that are easy to get in and out of because I’m familiar with the set up so that’s kind of what guides me,” said Kristina Born.

Other consumers opt for stores that offer more than just food to put on their table.

“They want the whole package,” said Deb Kwiatt, Marketing Director for Whole Foods. “They want that great customer service. They want value. They want quality products.”

Casey’s welcomes the competition.

“I think it’s healthy,” said Kevin Killelea, Store Manager for Casey’s Foods. “I think it’s a testament to how the industry is doing.”

Still the store manager and shoppers alike sympathize with the roughly 6,600 folks expected to be laid off as a result of Dominick’s leaving the market.

“I feel bad for the employees that are going to lose their jobs. That is one of the stores that I frequent and it’s just sad for the community,” said Born.

All Dominick’s stores are expected to close in early 2014. No word yet on what will replace them, but Krieger hopes it will be other food stores.

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