Whole Foods reportedly is buying the shuttered Dominick’s store on Green Bay Road in Evanston.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the store is one of seven — four in Chicago and three in the suburbs the upscale grocer is purchasing.

Crain’s Chicago Business, which first reported last month that Whole Foods was planning to acquire the Green Bay Road Dominick’s, in a story today said it was unable to confirm whether that store is actually among the ones being acquired.

The Sun-Times report quotes a company spokesperson as saying the stores are likely to remain closed for a year while they are remodeled for the new chain’s use.

The acquisition of the Green Bay Road property would bring to three the number of Whole Foods stores in Evanston.

All 72 Dominick’s stores closed late last year after owner Safeway announced plans to exit the Chicago region.

Update 2/3/14 3:54 p.m.: The Chicago Tribune reports that Whole Foods officials have confirmed that the Green Bay Road Dominick’s store is among the ones that Whole Foods is acquiring.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. New Whole Foods Store

    Good to see that some of the vacant stores will be reused and not sit vacant for years (like Asbury/Oakton). City of Evanston can use the tax revenue.

  2. Whole Foods

    I think the Green Bay Rd. store is a great idea.  It will serve north Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, and parts north.  I hope that the new store does not mean that the Evanston South store would close.  That store serves south Evanston and Rogers Park, both very dense communities.  The store is always busy and well run.

  3. Will Evanston offer a financial incentive?

    Maybe Evanston aldermen can offer $2 million in some way to help Whole Foods make the transition like they did for Trader Joes.

    Wanna bet the Whole Foods on Chicago Avenue next to Trader Joe's closes within two years? I predict it will. 

    1. Whole Foods South
      No, I doubt that it will. People who live south and east, and work in those areas are not going to go up north to Green Bay Rd. Whole Foods South is always packed, with lots of folks walking there from the lake area as well.

      1. The sky is not falling
        It is wonderful to have WFS and TJ’s so close to each other. Whenever I go there, the parking lots of both WFS and TJ’s are full. Having them so close makes the WFS and TJ combo a destination point for shoppers from Evanston and beyond. It is good for other businesses in the area too. Anonymous Al, do you even shop at Whole Foods South? I feel the comment you made has more to do with disapproval of the financial support Evanston gave to open Trader Joe’s or some general North Evanston bias than rather than anything about the stores themselves.

      2. Long wait ?

        There have been several reports—some very definite, others strong suspicions but no comment from any chains—that Whole Food would take over the Greenbay and possibly Dempster store.  However one report had Whole Foods saying any store they took over would remain closed for a year for remodeling.

        What about the Dominicks at the Howard CTA ?  Given it was on the CTA line it was a great place in snow/cold and I assume did a big business not only for Rogers Park but Evanston, Skokie, Wilmette people to pick-up grocery on the way home even in mild weather.

        For me Whole Foods is a non-starter.  I buy one very ordinary product there because Jewel and Dominicks  did not stock it.  Oddly their price was lower than when others did stock it.  What was it ?  I won't tell—Whole Foods would "at least" triple the price.

    2. Bet? How much?

      I'll take that bet, how much are you willing to throw down?  Bill, would you be willing to hold the cash in escrow for two years, pay the winner?  Cut you 10% for your service after I collect.  

  4. What’s the story with the Dominick’s lot on Dodge and Dempster?

    There's been no news with this property!  Help!   

  5. Whole Foods South

    The new north store will serve underserved Wilmette/Winnetka and only impact the north store, if at all.  My real concern about Whole Foods South is the purchase of the Edgewater Dominicks.  That being said, the South store is bananas now after the Dodge/Dempster Domnicks closing.  Don't even try the parking lot!!  It's awesome tho 🙂


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