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Shoppers swarm Crystal Lake Dominick's for 50 percent off closing sale

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 2:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 11:51 p.m. CDT
(Kyle Grillot –
savings at the Dominick’s on Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake. McDillon filled up a shopping cart, saving more than $200 on heavily discounted groceries. Crowds contributed to the lack of carts, long lines and even petty theft. According to a Crystal Lake police officer, a customer had her wallet stolen after leaving it unattended inside the crowded store.

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Dominick’s offered a 50 percent sale on most of its items Friday, a day shoppers described as the store’s busiest in recent memory.

Checkout lines stretched into the aisles, shoppers hunted for unused carts, and customers eager to buy the discounted merchandise piled groceries into baskets. All groceries, general merchandise, health and beauty products, dairy and frozen items went on sale Friday.

“This is the busiest I’ve seen it,” said Ramon Cuevas, a Cary resident and frequent Dominick’s shopper. He decided to fill his cart a little higher when he saw the discounts, but he understands what the drastic sale means for the business.

“I feel sorry for the people losing their jobs,” he said. “This was a good store. It will be missed.”

The Crystal Lake Dominick’s will close its doors Dec. 28. Safeway, Dominick’s parent company, announced in October that it was leaving the Chicago market to focus on more profitable business.

Amanda Gargantiel came all the way from Marengo to the Crystal Lake Dominick’s when she read on an extreme coupling website that the location would have large discounts Friday.

With her coupons, Gargantiel was able to fill her cart and spend almost nothing.

“It will be close to free,” she said. “I normally use coupons, but I was able to get a few extra things today because of the sale.”

Cary resident Jack Sharratt got roughly $100 worth of groceries for $50 Friday, but not before he scoured the Dominick’s for an unused shopping cart.

“I had to hunt one down,” Sharratt said. “I was able to get things I don’t normally buy. More premium stuff. … It’s a good thing since we’re heading into Christmas.”

The crowd, while large, was mostly orderly early Friday afternoon, but the Crystal Lake police were called after a woman’s wallet was stolen.

Dominick’s management declined to comment for this story.

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