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Jewel-Osco to open in Fox River Grove this summer

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A Jewel-Osco will be opening this summer in the vacant Dominick's property in Fox River Grove, officials said Monday.

The building at 800 Northwest Highway anchors the shopping center north of Routes 14 and 22.

Jewel-Osco's parent company, New Albertsons Inc., last month purchased several former Dominick's Finer Foods stores, including those in Fox River Grove and Lake Zurich. That's after Safeway Inc., the parent company of Dominick's, pulled out of the Chicago market late last year.

Fox River Grove Village Administrator Derrick Soderholm said residents and area businesses have been anxious about getting another grocer in its place.

There are no other grocery stores in town.

"It's a tremendous benefit for Fox River Grove on multiple levels to have a grocer occupying that site, both from a residents' standpoint of convenience and a revenue source to help support village operations," he said. "It's a big deal. It helps with overall economic development. The biggest impact is sales tax (revenue)."

Soderholm said though the village has not seen the plans as yet, New Albertsons will be investing in and remodeling the former Dominick's building.

"It's going to kind of be a Jewel of their newer format with more of that fresh-market-type feel," he said.

The company is planning a job fair this weekend and next.

Meanwhile, a Michigan-based furniture retailer eyeing the vacant Dominick's site in Lake in the Hills may be backing out of the deal because of proposed road improvements at a nearby intersection.

The retailer, Art Van Furniture, and several Lake in the Hills business and property owners have sent letters opposing a McHenry County Department of Transportation proposal to build a continuous flow intersection at Algonquin and Randall roads, which they say would limit access to businesses along the corridor.

That former Dominick's property is northeast of Randall and Algonquin roads in the Center at Lake in the Hills shopping center.

Art Van Furniture, which has stores in Batavia, Orland Park and Woodridge, proposes splitting up the existing Dominick's building to occupy roughly 50,000 square feet, while another retail tenant would use 22,000 square feet.

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