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Whole Foods joins Jewel in offering discount for Dominick’s shoppers

<p>The Park Ridge Whole Foods was set to open Wednesday, Nov. 6. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media</p>

The Park Ridge Whole Foods was set to open Wednesday, Nov. 6. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media

Whole Foods has mailed fliers offering former Dominick’s shoppers $15 off a $50 purchase, along with a sympathy note and a list of affordable items that defy the upscale retailer’s “Whole Paycheck” nickname.

“With the unfortunate closing of this long-standing Chicago brand [Dominick’s], we sent out coupons to communities, inviting residents to check out their local Whole Foods Market in hopes they would discover how delightful and affordable natural and organic foods can be,” Whole Foods spokeswoman Allison Phelps said.

Shoppers may use their direct-mail coupon or give up their Dominick’s loyalty card, which Whole Foods will recycle, to get the savings. The offer expires Feb. 15.

Jewel-Osco is offering 10 percent off any food or general merchandise purchase — except for tobacco, alcohol or lottery tickets — through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to Dominick’s customers, but they must turn in their Fresh Values cards at checkout.

“Your card will then be destroyed since you won’t need it any longer once you transition into a Jewel-Osco shopper!” says a Jewel-Osco website blog, titled “Hey Dominick’s customers.”

The Whole Foods spokeswoman couldn’t say how many coupons were mailed or to which ZIP codes, but she said they were sent to communities throughout the Chicago region.

Six years ago, Whole Foods started introducing value prices and less costly private-label goods to better compete with middle-market grocery stores such as Dominick’s.

Real-estate experts say Whole Foods will take over six Dominick’s grocery stores — three in Chicago and three in the suburbs — but neither Whole Foods nor Dominick’s parent company, Safeway, will confirm the locations.

Separately, Jewel announced Monday the closings and reopenings of the pharmacies and stores at the four Dominick’s locations it has taken over. The stores are at 1340 S. Canal and 2550 N. Clybourn in Chicago, and 1340 Patriot Blvd. in Glenview and 14200 S. Bell Rd. in Homer Glen.

The pharmacies will close at 2 p.m. on Jan. 12 and reopen at 8 a.m. on Jan. 13. The pharmacies will operate with their own separate entrances while the remainder of the stores are restocked.

The grocery stores will close at 5 p.m. on Jan. 12 and reopen as Jewel-Oscos on Jan. 16.

Mariano’s spokesman James Hyland provided more details Monday on the 11 Dominick’s stores its parent company, Roundy’s, has taken over.

The former Dominick’s grocery stores in Edgewater, 5201 N. Sheridan Rd.; Ukrainian Village, 2021 W. Chicago Ave.; Northfield; Park Ridge, and Western Springs closed on Dec. 28 and will reopen in February or March — 30 to 45 days after their leases expire on Jan. 25.

Five others — in Bridgeport, 3145 S. Ashland; Aurora; Buffalo Grove; Gurnee, and Shorewood — will close on Jan. 25 and reopen in April or May, 30 to 45 days after their leases expire on March 7. The pharmacies will remain open.

The Westchester store will reopen later in 2014.

Email: sguy@suntimes.com

Twitter: @sandraguy

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