Dominick's to Close Oak Lawn Store on Jan. 1

The village will lose its Dominick's grocery store after the holidays when the supermarket chain closes its doors on Jan. 1.

Dominick’s is closing another Southland location. The supermarket chain will shut down its store at 8700 S. Cicero Ave. in Oak Lawn on Monday, Jan. 1.

“The lease expired and the store did not meet sales expectations,” Lauri Sanders, director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, said this week.

She did not know how long the store has been open in Oak Lawn.

She said the store had 75 full-time and part-time employees. They may transfer to nearby Dominick's stores if there are openings.

Also, Sanders dispelled rumors that the store at 127th Street and Ridgeland Avenue in Palos Heights was closing.

“We have no plans to close our Dominick’s in Palos Heights,” she said.

The company did close its Orland Park store recently.

Once the Oak Lawn store closes, Dominick’s will have 76 stores in the Chicago marketplace.

Mayor Dave Heilmann said that Dominick's had leased the storefront. The owner is looking to fill the space as quickly as possible.

Oak Lawn Patch editor Lorraine Swanson contributed to this report.

OL Resident November 01, 2011 at 07:43 PM
STM November 02, 2011 at 11:35 AM
To OL resident, If that is the case you should go to a convenience store near by, there are many of them around, little pricey but you would not wait in a long line like at Dominics. I personally would not care if they closed all Dominics and Jewel stores, they are way overpriced. Your Freshlines,Shop and Save and Fairplay stores carry the same products at a much lower price. Unless you are rich and money don't matter to you, but if you are on a fixed low income, every penny saved is helpful.
Ron Williams November 02, 2011 at 01:58 PM
It is a shame that this store is also closing, they already closed at 111th and Cicero and that site remains empty to this day. It was not too long ago that they remodeled this site to drum up business but what they need to do in my opinion is concentrate on lowering their prices and providing better customer service not beautifying facilities, or they will be closing more stores.
Merrit November 03, 2011 at 02:28 PM
they should have had better customer service, I stopped shopping there a long time ago, because the employees were the worst
ablebs November 03, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Merrit-I shopped there for almost 10 years and had nothing but a great help from the employees. I'm not sure if you are generalizing but for 10 years I never had one problem getting a friendly smile, help or any poor service.
OL Resident November 03, 2011 at 05:32 PM
To the all Dominicks haters. You get your wish. You chose not to shop there and now they are closing. 75 people will spend their Christmas looking for a new way to pay their bills, raise a family, pay for tuition, (and yes) keep a roof over their head. If only they could speak in Spanish, Polish, or Arabic they could work for stores like Shop n Sav or Fairplay for $8 an hour. Grocery stores that were suggested that I should drive out of town to visit and spend my money out of town as well.. That's good for the Village's tax base. Now we get to see what the Village will do to attract a big box store that will pay employees $8=$10 an hour.....and we will pay for it with....wait for it...... TAX INCREMENT FINANCING. We will be force-fed this idea to avoid subdivision and rented out to pawnbrokers, payday loan stores, liquor stores, and tattoo parlors....and with that option we will run into the arms of Walmart to avoid the possibility of a property tax/gas tax increase. The 75 people who will loose their jobs have little chance to be absorbed at the surrounding Dominicks stores as suggested. There has to be a need and I do not see Dominicks needing 75 new hires ANYWHERE. Lowes? NO! Walmart? 1.Needs A BIG TIF. Borders? TOO LATE. But with a little luck, we can attract a Trader Joe's (if they want to grow in this economy) and then 30 (or so) employees can go to work there...and get off unemployment. And the other 45 employees? Two words. Buena Suerte!
Mary Kay Barton November 03, 2011 at 10:51 PM
It is SAD that Dominicks is closing after 42 years. Too Bad the family who started the business sold it. That was the begining of the end. Safeway is a California Company whose Marketing mix does not match the midwest marketing. These companies who want to go national do not understand that markets are different. As for the employees at our Domimicks I will miss the interaction with them all. Yes it will effect our tax base and another empty store will eventually effect our house values.
DLC DAVE November 04, 2011 at 10:58 AM
please move back to 87th and Harlem ,chase the trash store out of there . I always loved the meats at Dominick's ,especially Corned Beef and Cabbage ,guess I just exposed my nationality oh well .


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