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Central Grocers will close 9 Ultra Foods stores, sell 22 Strack & Van Til sites

Central Grocers will close 9 Ultra Foods stores, sell 22 Strack & Van Til sites

Central Grocers, the Joliet-based parent company of Strack & Van Til and Ultra Foods grocery stores, is closing nine Ultra Foods stores, including some in the Chicago area, and intends to sell 22 Strack & Van Til stores in Illinois and Indiana, the company announced Tuesday.

The nine "underperforming" Ultra Foods stores include locations in Wheaton, Lansing, Joliet, Chicago Heights, Calumet Park and Forest Park. Central Grocers, a grocery cooperative incorporated in 1917, operates as a wholesaler to independent grocery retailers in the Chicago area that are members of the co-op.

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