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Dominick’s closing Carpentersville store

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Updated: December 2, 2011 8:02AM

CARPENTERSVILLE —The economy and competition from other Randall Road stores seemingly have taken their toll on the Dominick’s food store here.

The store is scheduled to close Nov. 12.

The store at 2411 Randall Road had seen an uptick in sales this past fiscal year, but prior to that had experienced a downturn, said Janice Murphy, the village’s economic development coordinator.

“It’s not the only Dominick’s in the area to close, so they must be going through something,” Murphy said. “Some of that could have been due to other grocery stores opening in the area, especially on Randall Road, such as the Trader Joe’s and Walmart. I think that didn’t help.”

The Orland Park Dominick’s closed earlier this month, and the Oak Lawn store is set to close at the end of this year.

One area resident is not surprised to hear it’s shutting down.

West Dundee resident Amy Lauer said her family usually spends at least $100 a month at the nearby Woodman’s on Randall Road.

“I’ve shopped in that Dominick’s perhaps once since its opened,” she said. “What’s the point when Woodman’s has most everything (and) Trader Joe’s and locally grown food fill in the rest?”

She said her family is budget-conscious, “and apparently so are many others in this economy. Sad to see a Dundee business fail — just too bad Woodman’s wasn’t originally planted in Dundee.”

Carpentersville officials hope the 65,000-square-foot building won’t stay vacant for long.

“We actually have been discussing some various options,” Murphy said. “We are contacted by various retailers looking for space in Carpentersville on Randall Road and many times we don’t have the space because many times they’re occupied, which is a good thing.”

She said the seven members of the village’s business development committee meeting have various opinions on what should end up on the site.

“Some people want to see another grocery store in there, and others thought a different use might be better,” she said.

But what eventually ends up in the building will be up to Dominick’s officials.

“Dominick’s owns that building, so it’s up to Dominick’s to determine who they want in there,” Murphy said.

A message left with the director of public affairs and government relations for the Oak Brook-based Dominick’s was not immediately returned.

Paula Lauer (no relation to Amy Lauer) of East Dundee expressed frustration over another store closing in the area.

“I don’t understand why we can’t sustain a local grocery store around here,” she said.

“We’ve got very established communities in the township, plus a fair amount of development, yet the grocery stores can’t cut it. East Dundee hasn’t had a grocery store on its side of the river in a long time, and it’s a real hardship.”

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