EDGEWATER — The future of the neighborhood's two Dominick's stores — at 6009 N. Broadway and 5201 N. Sheridan Road — should be known "over the next few weeks," said Ald. Harry Osterman.
The 48th Ward alderman said he's been in contact with representatives from the most likely potential buyers of Dominick's stores, including Mariano's, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.
"We are anxiously awaiting to hear what the stores" will become, Osterman said to constituents during an online conference late last week. "Over the next few weeks, we're going to know who's going to take these two stores."
Rumors have swirled since Safeway Inc., Dominick's parent company, announced last month that it would be pulling out of the Chicago market and closing its 13 stores in the city by the end of the year.
Bidding for the stores ended Nov. 1, and Safeway plans to close the sales by Dec. 27, according to bidding instructions provided by the supermarket giant.
Other potential buyers include Kroger Inc., the owner of the Food 4 Less brand, and the more established Jewel-Osco, which has already offered to buy two Dominick's in the city — at 2550 N. Clybourn Ave. and 1340 S. Canal St.
Osterman said Safeway planned to keep the real estate in the transactions and just sell the stores themselves.
"As soon as I hear," he said, "you all will be the first to know."