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Rahm Emanuel announces task force to find tenants for Dominick’s stores

Updated: December 24, 2013 4:56PM



Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office has unveiled a task force of local labor, business, government and community leaders to help find new tenants for closing Chicago-area Dominick’s stores.

“I have brought together this group of leaders to help address the potential impacts of closing grocery stores on our neighborhoods, residents and workers,” Emanuel said in a written statement this week. “I look forward to reviewing their suggestions and putting their ideas into action, so we may ensure that these community anchors stay economically viable, that worker jobs are protected and that Chicagoans have access to healthy food.”

Safeway Inc., which operates 72 Dominck’s stores in the Chicago area, said in October it would exit the local market by year’s end.

The task force is set to “ensure smooth transitions of those stores that have been purchased by other grocers and to aggressively market those that are still unaccounted for,” according to a mayor’s office press release.

The task force includes Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), Ald. Joe Moore (49th), Ald. Patrick O’Connor (40th) and Joe Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, among others.

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