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posted: 10/21/2013 5:00 AM

Family will feel loss of Dominick's

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When Mundelein lost Blockbuster a few years ago, I survived by finding movies to rent at other places like the library.

When we lost Best Buy and Applebee's, it was a little tougher because, I went there frequently. Then when Mundelein lost both Hobby Lobby and Menard's to Vernon Hills, it now means I have to travel to that village for even just one thing that I may need.

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Now we're losing my Dominick's and I think I will miss it the most of all. I am a stay-at-home dad and so I have been doing my family's grocery shopping at Dominick's on the corner of Route 176 and Midlothian for almost a decade now. Over the years I have come to know the store and its employees very well.

So many times I would have a fellow customer ask me where a certain item was and I could tell him or her the aisle and location of that product because I go there so often.

There's the Super Target down the road, but I feel they don't have as much to pick from as a grocery store does.

I know that it's the Safeway company that is choosing to close down all their Dominick's all over the Chicago area, but I just want them to know that it was so convenient for me to get my groceries there every week. My family and I will really miss it. I really hope that another grocery store decides to move in there because, if not, just like all the other stores that have closed in this area, I will have to travel a distance to just get a gallon of milk for my infant son.

I'm going to miss chatting with Gene as he stocks the dairy, saying hello to Victor in the meat section, having Nancy or Margie ring up my food with a smile or having Bridget bag up my groceries. It was a nice constant in my life, but I also know that the only constant in life is change.

Shawn Killackey

Mundelein

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