Lake Forest officials frowned on the proposed exterior architectural style for a new Whole Foods that wants to open in the city. The plan calls for a Cape Cod-style building. | File
Updated: March 3, 2014 5:27PM
Whole Foods Market has acquired seven shuttered Dominick’s stores — four in Chicago and three in the suburbs — and will open them in a year.
“Whole Foods Markets takes 12 to 15 months, on average, to open a store, so [the wait time] is not unusual,” company spokeswoman Allison Phelps said Friday. “Each store is unique to the community and we take our time making sure it reflects that and is a special place for each neighborhood.”
Terms of the deals were not disclosed, but details are expected to be released when Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods reports earnings on Feb. 12.
The stores are at:
—Edgewater, 6009 N. Broadway
—Lincoln Park, 959 W. Fullerton Ave.
—Streeterville, 255 E. Grand Ave.
—West Loop, 1 N. Halsted St.
—Elmhurst, 215 S. Route 83
—Evanston, 2748 Green Bay Road
—Willowbrook, 6300 S. Kingery Highway
An existing Whole Foods store that’s just around the corner from the Willowbrook site will no longer serve as a Whole Foods, but no further information was available.
Phelps said Whole Foods chooses sites based on availability, population density, cost of the real estate, and the neighborhood’s levels of education, income and interest in natural and organic foods.
In addition to the seven former Dominick’s stores, Whole Foods Markets is scheduled to open three more stores in the Chicago area by 2017. The new stores join five existing Whole Foods stores in Chicago and 15 in the greater Chicago region.
The three Whole Foods stores opening by 2017 are in the Englewood and Hyde Park neighborhoods and suburban Lake Forest.
Former Dominick’s workers are encouraged to apply for jobs at any Whole Foods, including existing stores, Phelps said.