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Safeway has announced that it will close a dozen underperforming Dominick's stores by mid-March. Four are in the city, and eight are in nearby suburbs.

The announcement was made by Dominick's president Randall Onstead, who said it represented "a difficult but necessary step toward a better Dominick's for Chicagoland."

The company said that it hoped to offer many of the closing stores' employees jobs at other stores. "We are concerned for the well being of our employees, and we're taking every reasonable step we can to provide them continued employment within Dominick's," Onstead said.

The move was expected. Once Safeway decided not to sell Dominick's after a yearlong effort was aborted, it was common knowledge that it would start shuttering stores as a way of cutting costs.
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