According to published reports, Whole Foods will acquire four stores in the city of Chicago — Edgewater, Lincoln Park, Streeterville and West Loop — and three in the suburbs — Elmhurst, Evanston and Willowbrook.
However, the stores may not reopen for 12 to 15 months while they are remodeled. According to published comments from a Whole Foods spokeswoman, “[The wait time] is not unusual. Each store is unique to the community, and we take our time making sure it reflects that and is a special place for each neighborhood.”
In Willowbrook the chain will reportedly close its 38,000-square-foot store and move into the nearby Dominick's location, which covers 70,000 square feet.
Whole Foods operates 20 stores in the Chicago market.
Safeway discontinued its Dominick's operation in late December and, though the stores have been for sale since the fall, it has previously sold only 22 of the 72 stores before the Whole Foods sale: 11 to Mariano's, four to Jewel, four to Joe Caputo & Sons IGA, and single units to Cermak Fresh Market, Pete's Fresh Market and Tony's Finer Foods. The sale of seven stores to Whole Foods will bring the total sold to 29, leaving 43 Dominick’s locations still available.
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