Dominick’s shut their doors over a year ago and now six DuPage County communities have joined forces in an effort to fill the vacancies left in their absence.
Naperville, Bartlett, Woodridge, Bensenville, Glen Ellyn, and Wheaton have created a coalition putting together marketing materials to lure new businesses into the empty buildings.
“Our strategy is not to limit ourselves, we feel like the stores might not be in the market, might not be in the Chicago land area, might not be in Illinois. We’re not just looking at grocery stores, we’re looking at all types of retailers,” said Christine Jeffries, President of Naperville Development Partnership. “There are stores that might want to open and Chicago is a great market to sort of launch, so we’re looking overseas to see what stores might fit in the Chicago market.”
The biggest challenge they face when trying to fill the vacancies is that Safeway, Dominick’s parent company, is still paying the lease on the properties, so the new owners would either have to sub-lease or transition out of the Safeway.
Nine of the 31 former Dominick’s that are still vacant in Chicago or the suburbs are in DuPage County, two of which are in Naperville.
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