Shoppers who like Dominick’s variety, prices sorry to hear it’s closing
BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporter October 10, 2013 10:06PM
Susie Kovass, 34, of Lincoln Park, says she started shopping at Dominick's in 2003 and has relied on it since then. She hopes the workers, many of them familiar faces, get to keep their jobs. "Hopefully those people aren't out of work," she says. She won’t be shopping at the store when it's replaced by Jewel. “I don’t really like Jewel, so I’ll probably go to Mariano's.” | Stacia Timonere/For Sun Times Media
After shopping at her neighborhood Dominick’s store in Lincoln Park on Thursday, Pam Mashke, 61, was sorry to hear that it will be closing.
She said her mother started shopping at Dominick’s in 1966 in Deerfield.
She continued that tradition and countless family and holidays meals have been made using food bought at the grocery chain.
“They do things differently . . . than the other stores,” Mashke said.
She likes the flower selection; the deli; the fish and meat selections; the wine and liquor choices, and the store-brand products, which she says are affordable. Add to that the friendly staff.
“That’s going to be really tough,” she said of the store changing over. “I’m not a fan of Jewel.”
She said Jewel doesn’t have as good a selection of fresh products and its prices are higher.
Another shopper, Susie Kovass, 34, of Lincoln Park, said she started shopping at Dominick’s in 2003 and has relied on it since then. She hopes the workers, many of them familiar faces, get to keep their jobs.
“Hopefully those people aren’t out of work,” she said.
She also said she won’t be shopping at the store when it’s replaced by Jewel.
“I don’t really like Jewel, so I’ll probably go to Mariano’s.”
At a Dominick’s on the Near North Side, Tony Nimmo, of Lincoln Park, said: “I’ll have to find an alternative.”
In the River North neighborhood, Stefanie Harris, 31, was surprised to hear the news that Dominick’s is leaving the Chicago market.
“There’s always a lot of people coming and going,” she said.
Harris, like many shoppers interviewed Thursday, said she shops at Dominick’s for staples, such as milk and some produce.
Others, including Heather Stipe, 29, of Old Town, said they like Dominick’s wine selection and variety of products. For Stipe, it was hummus.
“I will for sure miss that,” she said, pulling out an Athenos brand container of hummus.