Neither of the two Dominick’ in Evanston were among the 11 of 72 soon-to-close supermarkets that Mariano’s Fresh Market announced plans today to acquire from Safeway.

Mariano’s, a division of Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. said that three of the stores it is buying are in Chicago, with the rest in several suburbs.

The closest to Evanston is one at 5201 N. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago.

Mariano’s is already building a new store not far from Evanston, at Touhy Avenue and McCormick Boulevard in Skokie, the former site of Klein Tool Works.

Crain’s Chicago Business reports Whole Foods is considering purchasing seven of the Dominick’s stores — including the Evanston store at 2748 Green Bay Road. Whole Foods declined to confirm that report.

If that purchase does occur, it would give Whole Foods three stores in Evanston.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Not surprising

    As indicated in the article, Mariano's is already building a new store at Mccormick and Touhy and they have no reason to compete with themselves by having another store too close by. 

    As to whether Whole Foods buys the Green Bay store, it would seem that, if they do, one of the two stores along Chicago Avenue will be closed – probably the one near Trader Joe's. Why have three stores that close to one another?

    It is a zero sum game. There will not be another store that adds to the number of stores and City revenues. We lose two and maybe gain one – at best.

    We should feel sorry for those losing their jobs in this shuffle much more than those that might now have to travel farther to buy groceries, although Dempster and Dodge folks will have further to travel than those near the Green Bay Dominick's that have a nearby Jewel.

    1. Sad

      I agree that the real tragedy is the workers at the Dempster/Dodge Dominick's losing their jobs. What will they do? It's not going to be easy for them to find something in this economy. I hope that they receive decent severence package. Oh, who am I kidding?

  2. Whole Foods purchase of Evanston Stores

    I travel across the country and shop at Whole Foods wherever I can. There can be as many 4 Whole Foods in a single community.  Evanston could easily absorb another store without closing either store on Chicago Avenue.  This is a city ready for another Whole Foods.  I welcome the third store and will shop at a Green Bay venue three times a week.  

    1. That would be a shame

      For people who find Dominicks/Jewel food fine and are not hoodwinked by high priced stores and understand the value of money [and the actual food value] that would be a shame.  They would get no business from me—I only know of one person who shops at Whole Foods and there is a medical reason for those foods—and only for the sick son.


      1. Why do you care where I shop?

          I never denegrated your choice of food store, but it is a shame that you have chosen to mock me and anyone else who shops at Whole Foods.  To what end?  It is a grocery store and a personal choice.  Surely there must be other issues out there that are more worthy of your condescending observations.  And incidently, I currently shop at Dominicks as well as at Whole Foods.  I determine what is best for my family–both nutritionally and fiscally–and make my shopping choices accordingly. 

         More to your point, there is a Jewel a few blocks away from the Dominicks in question, on the same street, no less.  No one in Northwest Evanston will be denied their right to shop at a conventional grocery store.   I do, however, think it will be true loss to central Evanston if nothing replaces the Dominicks on Dempster and Dodge. 

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