Whole Foods Market on Monday announced the acquisition of leases for seven locations that formerly operated as Dominick’s stores, confirming prior news reports. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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Whole Foods said it expects the locations to remain closed for remodeling in 2014 and re-open as new Whole Foods Market stores in 2015.

"We are incredibly excited about this opportunity to quickly and significantly expand our presence in the greater Chicago area," Michael Bashaw, president of Whole Foods’ Midwest region, said in a statement. “These locations fit well with our 19 existing stores as well as the three stores currently in development. We plan to remodel each store to reflect its community and look forward to offering fresh, natural and organic foods to a broader base of Chicago customers.”

The stores are located in Edgewater, Lincoln Park, Streeterville, West Loop, Elmhurst, Evanston and Willowbrook, Ill. The company has three stores in development in the Hyde Park and Englewood neighborhoods of Chicago and in Lake Forest with openings scheduled through calendar year 2017.

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