To the Editor:
The holiday season has lost some of its joy and luster in Fox River Grove.
Our only food store, Dominick’s Finer Foods, is shuttering its doors, leaving us in our own food desert. My heart goes out to the many wonderful employees who have served us so well and now will be without jobs right around Christmas. This is especially cruel.
What makes me more upset is that a very generous golden deal was given to Dominick’s to grace us with its presence. It killed off all of its competition by forcing the closure of Amstadt’s Finer Foods, Doc’s Drugs and even a video store.
These were small businesses that were family owned. And to add to the goodies given to corporate Dominick’s, it was given a 22-year long TIF deal wherein it paid no taxes. So, in its entire tenure here, it has not paid a penny to help support our schools or our town. Our town always has had a food store here.
The new CEO, in a quest to make himself look good and add a modest boost in Safeway’s stock prices, has shuttered all Chicago area Dominick’s stores, leaving its faithful customers and workers in the dust. He’s very short-sighted and unimaginative in his attempt to improve the bottom line of the corporation.
It would be wonderful to welcome a family-owned small business to our community that will see us as more than mere ticks on a stock quote.
Fox River Grove