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Jewel-Osco plans galas when it opens 5 former Dominick's

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  • Jewel is in its final stages of opening a Lake Zurich store in the former Dominick's at Route 22 and Rand Road.

       Jewel is in its final stages of opening a Lake Zurich store in the former Dominick's at Route 22 and Rand Road.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 

Itasca-based Jewel-Osco plans grand opening celebrations Tuesday for five stores it acquired from the now-defunct Dominick's Finer Foods, including those in Fox River Grove and Lake Zurich.

The new stores are at 800 Northwest Highway, Fox River Grove; 345 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich; as well as 424 W. Division and 1763 Howard St., both in Chicago; and 3243 S. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Each will have a Starbucks inside, said Jewel-Osco spokeswoman Allison Sperling.

The grand openings will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and they are open to the public. The stores then will officially open for business on Wednesday .

"However, the stores will be 'shoppable' and open for business the evening of the gala," Sperling said.

Late last year, the Dominick's chain said it would exit the Chicago and suburban market and several competitors jumped to buy many of the stores. Buyers included Mariano's, Whole Foods Market, Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market, Cermak Fresh Market, Tony's Finer Foods and Pete's Fresh Market.

Jewel-Osco remodeled the sites and tailored them toward the neighborhoods, the company said. Besides the Starbucks, the Fox River Grove and Lake Zurich stores feature a soup-and-salad bar, hot food bar, sushi, improved lighting and new decor, Sperling said.

"The store will have a fresh, new appearance with a variety of goods never seen before," Sperling said. "We've revamped all of the fresh departments with signature items and store-made specialties."

The new Lake Zurich store will be about a half-mile northwest of an older Jewel-Osco on Route 22 and Ela Road, but the company has no plans to close the older one, Sperling said.

In addition, Jewel-Osco will hold grand reopenings at 14 other locations on Wednesday, June 25. Those stores are at 1340 S. Canal St., Chicago (former Dominick's); 2550 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (former Dominick's); 1340 Patriot Blvd, Glenview (former Dominick's); 14200 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen (former Dominick's); 4355 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago; 5516 N. Clark St., Chicago; 1341 N. Paulina, Chicago; 5343 N Broadway, Chicago; 2502 N. Waukegan Road, Glenview; 79 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove; 507 E. Woodlawn, La Grange Park; 5545 Brainard Ave., Countryside; 481 Busse Highway, Park Ridge; 6509 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee.

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