Retired cashier: ‘Poor Mr. Dominick. He’s probably rolling over in his grave’
BY ART GOLAB Staff Reporter October 10, 2013 9:16PM
Don Keprta (left), then-president of Dominick's, presents a gift to the Cannistra-DeSario families at a Dominick's store's grand opening in November 2010 in Chicago. With him are Barbara and Steve Cannistra. | Sun-Times file photo
Updated: November 12, 2013 6:40AM
At one point, more than 30 members of Barbara Cannistra’s family worked for Dominick’s.
Her brother-in-law, her husband’s niece and great-niece all met their spouses working for Dominick’s. Two other married couples in her extended family also met as employees in the grocery’s aisles.
It happened that way because Dominick’s was a family-oriented firm, Cannistra said.
“I loved it when Mr. Dominick was alive,” she said Thursday, recalling Dominick DiMatteo Jr., former president of the company and son of the founder.
“It was like a family, we all helped one another,” said Cannistra, who worked as a cashier for 25 years and knew DiMatteo. “He was happy with the money he made and he didn’t have to worry about big stockholders like the corporations today. He was more interested in the family and the people who worked for him.”
Cannistra’s late brother-in-law, Joseph Cannistra, was the first family member to join Dominick’s. Over time, he helped other family members get jobs at the company.
Many in the family still work for Dominick’s and did not want to comment on the recent developments.
Barbara Cannistra, 75, and long retired, said she hopes they will be able to find other jobs. “Poor Mr. Dominick. He’s probably rolling over in his grave wondering what happened to his family and his company.”