CHICAGO — More than 6,000 employees of Dominick's here are facing layoffs as Safeway prepares to close any unsold stores on Dec. 28.

The layoffs could affect more than 5,600 store employees; 332 distribution-center workers; and 141 division office employees, according to locally published estimates.


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When Safeway announced its Chicago exit in late October, it said it expected some employees to be hired by the stores' new owners. However, of the 72 Dominick's stores Safeway operates, only 15 have been sold so far: four to Jewel-Osco, a division of New Albertsons Inc., Boise, Idaho; and 11 to Mariano's, a division of Milwaukee-based Roundy's Supermarkets.

Jewel-Osco said it will employ the 450 workers at the stores it has acquired, while Mariano's said it will consider hiring Dominick's employees, though they will not get preferential treatment in the selection process. Mariano's has scheduled job fairs for next week.

Read more: Mariano's Gains Share in Chicago

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