Jewel-Osco's parent company said that it is buying five additional Dominick's locations and named the president of its Boston-area division as the new president of Jewel-Osco.
The five former Dominick's stores that Jewel-Osco plans to remodel and reopen include one in Rogers Park and one in Cabrini Green that were on the Chicago Mayor's office Grocery Store Task Force priority list.
The new locations announced on Thursday are: 1763 Howard Street and 424 W. Division in Chicago; 3243 S. 115th St in Merrionette Park; 800 NW Highway in Fox River Grove and 345 S. Rand Road in Lake Zurich. The company has not said yet when the stores will open.
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- S 115th Ave, Palos Park, IL, 60464, United States
- 1763 Howard St, Chicago, IL, 60202, United States
- 424 W Division St, Chicago, IL, 60610, United States
- 800 Northwest Hwy, Fox River Grove, IL, 60021, United States
- 345 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich, IL, 60047, United States
Shane Sampson was named president of Jewel-Osco, which is New Albertson's largest division. Sampson fills the role that had been held by Jim Rice on an interim basis since January. Sampson was most recently president of New Albertson's Boston-based Shaw's division. Now, Rice will become the president of the Shaw's division.
Sampson's role is a vital one for Jewel-Osco. The longtime Chicago area chain is battling against competitors such as Mariano's and Whole Foods in the bid to win over former Dominick’s shoppers. California-based Safeway shuttered the Dominick's chain in late 2013.
New Albertson's Inc. said that it is investing about $100 million in new projects and remodels for Jewel-Osco this year. The company has now purchased nine old Dominick’s locations. Jewel-Osco also completed 18 remodels of its own stores in December and has more than 25 remodels planned for this year.
As of Thursday afternoon, a Safeway realty web site showed 28 Dominick's locations that were still available for sale, including one at 2101 E. 71st St. in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. The remaining 27 stores are outside of the city itself. Safeway Inc. also is now in talks to sell itself.
Jewel-Osco previously opened four locations it took over from Dominick's -- 1340 South Canal Street and 2550 N. Clybourn Avenue in Chicago, 1340 Patriot Blvd in Glenview and 14200 South Bell Road in Homer Glen.firstname.lastname@example.org