LINCOLN SQUARE — The transformation of the former Dominick's at Lincoln and Foster avenues is nearly complete, with Tony's Finer Foods set to unveil the results of its makeover May 21.
One of 15 Chicago-area Dominick's stores shuttered at the end of 2013, the Lincoln Square location at 5233 N. Lincoln Ave. was snapped up by Tony's in January.
One big difference for shoppers: They'll now be able to buy alcohol bright and early on Sundays.
Negotiations with Tony's and other potential occupants of the vacant Dominick's prompted Ald. Pat O'Connor (40th) to introduce an ordinance that would allow grocery stores to begin selling alcohol at 8 a.m. on Sundays, three hours earlier than previously permitted.
In submitting the proposal — which passed City Council April 30 — O'Connor cited how, of the 11 largest cities in the state, Chicago had the latest start to Sunday liquor sales.
According to O'Connor, supermarket owners had complained, "It's difficult to do business in Chicago," referencing the Sunday liquor restrictions as an example.
The opening of the new Tony's Finer Foods follows closely on the heels of the debut of Mariano's Ravenswood store at 1800 W. Lawrence Ave.
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