CRYSTAL LAKE – With three Dominick’s stores in McHenry County set to close Dec. 28, 192 workers face layoffs.
Dominick’s parent Safeway is selling off its Chicago-area grocery stores by the end of the year. Those that aren’t sold will be shuttered. Four of the 72 Dominick’s stores in the Chicago area have been sold so far. They were bought by New Albertsons Inc., which owns Jewel-Osco.
Dominick’s has locations in Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills and Fox River Grove. The 192 union employees were warned Oct. 30 of the layoffs, according to a report from the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity released Thursday.
All told, 5,633 employees could be affected. In Cook County, 3,244 employees were given layoff notices. Dominick’s has 970 employees in DuPage County, 110 in Kendall and Kane counties, 704 in Lake County and 413 in Will County, according to the report.
Safeway announced Oct. 10 that it was leaving the Chicago area market by early 2014 to focus on more profitable businesses.
The Dominick’s chain had lost $35.2 million during the first nine months of the year. During the third quarter alone, Dominick’s lost $13.7 million.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.