UPDATE: County leaders, residents react to Dominick's closing
Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz and Fox Lake mayor Donny Schmit said they had no forewarning from Safeway, Inc. that it would be closing and attempting to sell Dominick's in both towns. Bur Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik was not surprised, when all three mayors learned last week that Safeway Inc. intends to exit the Chicago market, where it operates 72 Dominick's stores, by early 2014.
In Lake County, Dominick's stores are located at 6655 Grand Ave. in Gurnee, Route 176 and Milodthian Road in Mundelein and 1258 S. Route 12 in Fox Lake.
Safeway also owns two stories in Buffalo Grove and one each in Lake Zurich and Lake Bluff.
Schmitt said the the Fox Lake store "is not a big producer" of sales tax in the town. The village of Mundelein earns $250,000 annually in sales tax from Dominick's, said Lentz.
In calendar year 2012, Gurnee received $640,712 in sales tax from the sale of food, which is nearly 4 percent of the village's sales tax revenue, said Eriik Jensen, public information officer for Gurnee. "As many grocery items are untaxed, the grocery retail market is typically a small portion of most municipal sales tax revenue streams," he said.
Lentz expects if the Mundelein Dominicks' store closes without a buyer, the sales tax will be made up from other grocery stores in the village. But, "we're very optimistic," that someone will buy the store. "The [Dominick's] we have in Mundelein is in a real good location," said Lentz, adding the store was doing well. "So we assume they'll find a buyer.
He said if they don't find a buyer, a big void would be left in the shopping plaza, where Dominick's is now the anchor store.
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