Five years ago, Chicago had Safeway on the ropes. Long the second banana to Supervalu's Jewel-Osco chain, Safeway's Dominick's banner was reeling — sales were declining, stores were closing and the “for sale” sign was out. But these days there's a fresh breeze blowing in the Windy City. Although it's still a distant No. 2 in market share, Dominick's is seeking to claw its way back from its former status as one of Safeway's “distressed assets.” “It's a lot different for Dominick's today ...

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