Two new Jewel-Osco stores will open their doors to shoppers Tuesday night in Fox River Grove and Lake Zurich.
A celebratory gala is planned from 5 to 10 p.m. at both stores after which they will be open for shopping. Town officials and community members are invited to attend. The events will feature live music, sampling, and other entertainment.
Itasca-based Jewel-Osco acquired the stores from the defunct Dominick's Finer Foods.
The new stores -- at 800 Northwest Highway, Fox River Grove, and 345 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich -- are designed to offer a variety of fresh produce, including quality meat and seafood, and will have a Starbucks inside. They will feature a soup and salad bar, hot food bar, sushi, improved lighting and new decor, according to company officials.
An additional 14 remodeled Jewel-Osco stores in Chicago and suburbs -- including at 79 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove, and 6509 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee -- will reopen 8 a.m. Wednesday. Those stores now offer self-service salad and juice bars, gourmet bakery goods and expanded delis.
Select locations will offer bulk foods, including olive oil, honey, teas and spices, gourmet bulk nuts and candy. All stores will offer "Jewel-Osco Signature Items" showcasing a selection of goods made fresh every day, according to a company news release.
"Our business has picked up momentum over the last several months, and we have no intention of slowing down," Jewel-Osco President Shane Sampson said. "With over 30,000 team members strong, Jewel-Osco has a deep roster of talented individuals that drive our company to be the No. 1 grocery retailer in Chicagoland."
The company also will make roughly $40,000 in donations to 36 organizations throughout the Chicago area, including local schools, food pantries and other nonprofit organizations.