Safeway's decision to close 14 stores in the Chicago area this year was the biggest development to shake up the market. In making the announcement, Safeway also said it would convert 20 existing stores to the company's popular “lifestyle” format. Safeway operates Dominick's, the area's No. 2 chain, with nearly 14% of the market, according to TDLinx, a division of The Nielsen Co. Supervalu, which operates Jewel-Osco, Save-A-Lot and the Sunflower Market, leads with 40.5% of the market. ...

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