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Dominick’s stores get ‘sell by’ date

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The two Dominick's supermarkets in Evanston will close by Dec. 28 — if the chain's owner, Safeway, hasn't found a buyer for them by then.

That's the word contained in a memo to store employees published by Chicago Business.

So far only four of the 72 Chicago-area stores have been acquired — by Jewel-Osco.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said Wednesday night that — if Safeway does find a buyer for either or both of the Evanston stores who would take them over before the shutdown date — city officials expect that to be known by Thanksgiving.

Industry analysts say more deals with larger chains for multiple stores may still get done before the shutdown date — but sales of individual stores to smaller firms likely won't be completed until after the first of the year.

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