Pete’s Fresh Market May Replace Dominick’s – In a Few Years

A grocery store may reopen in the Dominick's location in Orland Park, but not until after a road project is completed in 2013.

As the final days wind down for the Dominick’s food store at 15080 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park, village officials are hopeful the building will remain a food store.

“We do believe a grocery store will reopen there,” said Karie Friling, Orland Park director of development services. “But no formal applications have been filed with the village.”

It may be some time before the village knows what will happen with the building, which has been owned since 2008 by Pete’s Fresh Market.

“It’s the wrong time now to open a store there,” said Charlie Poulakis, a spokesman for Pete’s Fresh Market, which is based on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

Pete’s Fresh Market operates eight grocery stores and has two more in the works in Oakbrook Terrace and Chicago. The closest stores to Orland Park are in Evergreen Park and Calumet City. Interestingly, the Calumet City store is in a former Dominick’s store that was converted a few years ago.

Poulakis said Pete’s Fresh Market won’t do anything with the Orland Park building until after a planned widening of LaGrange Road from 131st Street to 179th Street is completed. The project is expected to start next summer and run through 2013.

“We’re going to wait for them to finish construction on LaGrange before we decide what to do with the building,” Poulakis said. He added that Pete’s Fresh Market has a deal with the state to store construction equipment in the Dominick’s parking lot while the road project is under way.

He said Pete’s Fresh Market is leaning toward opening in that location.

“That’s why we bought the building,” he said. “But it depends on how things go.”

The Dominick’s store will close at midnight Sunday, if not sooner. A manager on Thursday said inventory was running out and the store may close before Sunday.

Dee Emm September 29, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Buh bye, Ghetto Groceries! I so will not miss the faint but unmistakable smell of sewerage when you walk in the door.
G September 29, 2011 at 11:22 PM
I worked at this place YEARS ago when they were King of the Hill. Their downfall was the greediness of dumping OMNI Foods. They felt they were too low-level. BAH! You get what you deserve, Dominicks! I have not been there in a VERY long time
frank September 30, 2011 at 04:22 AM
They really don't want to be part of Orland. Why do our officials keep telling us that we have the lowest vacancy rate? This is a harbinger of our Triangle fiasco. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
freddie September 30, 2011 at 12:30 PM
lets see...they buy a building on the cheap because the previous owners are leaving and then they make a business decision not to open up until a construction project, that would disrupt any opening buzz they might get, is over. That translates to they don't want to be in Orland? In my eyes, they are planning on making a big splash in Orland once the construction is over. They don't want to make the same mistake the owners of the nursury on SW Highway made when they opened up and then right away SW highway was closed so no one could really get to the business and they never recovered once the road did open. Let them wait until they have a better chance of making it.
Donna Brazas-Reynolds September 30, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Freddie, I agree they should wait until construction is over, because the project will be a nightmare without figuring in people coming in and out of shopping centers. But if you read the article, the company owning Peet's has held ownership of the building for about three years. They didn't swoop in and pick it up on the cheap as a direct result of Dominick's leaving. I am wondering how they'll see the costs sustained before their rental agreement for road items begins. If the project won't start until summer 2012, that's a long time to go without rental money for an anchor store.
freddie September 30, 2011 at 01:42 PM
I missed that they owned it for a while, but my basic premise is still valid, they want to come to Orland and to open now would be a disaster. Wait and they have a better chance to be successful
Megan James September 30, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Hey...why don't they use the space for another "Halloween" Store for the next few years while they wait for all the road work to be completed? According to Trustee Fenton, that's a viable use of vacant stores in Orland. And then after Halloween, it can be a Thanksgiving/Christmas/Chanukkah/Kwanzaa shop, and then there could be a Valentine's Shop, then a Passover/Easter Store, and then Mother's Day store, then a Father's Day store, then a 4th of July Store, then back to Halloween. Oh...Come on folks....jump on the "think positiviely" train....instead of buying basic necessities like groceries....we could all just decorate and have parties instead. Bottomline, without having a major retailer in there, my guess it will cause the exisiting businesses to suffer and we'll end up with another vacant retail strip mall just sitting there. But hey...hopefully everyone can just be distracted buy the luxury apartment/strip mall going in north of this place. :-)
Tom Walsh September 30, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Megan, you should move out or Orland if you hate it so much. Again you take a story about a new store potentially moving into OP and turn it into another one of your personal attacks against the village government. The owner of Pete's makes a good point. Now is not a good time to move into the location with the construction scheduled to take place. Maybe Pete's will move or maybe no one will move in, but your comments are always predictable and transparent.
Megan James September 30, 2011 at 05:28 PM
@Tom- As I've stated numerous times before, my comments represent more than just my own in Orland. They represent many of my family and neighbors who all live in Orland. And our comments are because we LOVE Orland and we have the brains to look "out side of the box" and not just live in the here and now. We prefer to look for solutions to potential problems BEFORE they occur. We have a valid concern....Dominicks was the anchor store to the strip center. While we agree it may not be the time for Pete to move something in there, without an anchor store to draw others in, people will forget about the other stores there by the time Pete opens his own store or decides to lease it out to anyone else. And those businesses will suffer, and most likely close shop too. Just stating the obvious trend that appears to happen in any community right now, not just Orland. Plus, there's wasn't even one bad comment about the village in our previous post either. Even agreed with Trustee Fenton. So perhaps you're the one with the blinders on only reading what you want and making predictable, transparent, personal attacks against us. But not to worry Tom, we respect your opinion and anyone else who disagrees. Like John Paul says, debating is what makes our country strong...we respect others opinions and don't tell them to just move out of town.
frank September 30, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Megan, keep up the nice job you are doing. Apparently Tom Walsh doesn't see the COMMON SENSE most of us like to see. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
frank September 30, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Megan, very Nice response to Tom Walsh.
freddie September 30, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Megan..I don't know...I am looking for all these "Vacant Strip Malls" that you are referring to. Now granted, I live in the area just north of Silver Lake (and have for the past 20 years) and I have not been all around Orland looking for these things, but I look at the areas around me. 82nd and 143rd...pretty full with the 7-11, Zorbas, Coaches and such. Only the old Orland Video is basically empty. Now the new mall at the corner of 143rd and LaGrange, I don't know because I never go there. No stores were there that I was interested in, so I can't tell you whats happening there. Orland Plaza...well we all know whats happening there and from my view, while I did like the stores there, Progress move on and I think the project will help the village. Moving down LaGrange, I see stores galore. El Famous Burrito, Grants, Walgreens (yes, the old Washington Mutual bank is empty, but thats only 1 store), Trader Joes and so on. Even the Dominick’s plaza has Spree, A dollar store, CD Replay and such. Pretty busy there. This mall survived when Walgreens moved out and it will survive the loss of Dominick’s. Orland Park Place has been revitalized and with hhGregg coming in to take the old Sports Authority, it's always busy. The Mall across from Jewels at 159 and 94th Ave (I know, It's Orland Hills, not OP), with the new Wal-Mart and the other stores there, the parking lot is constantly full.
freddie September 30, 2011 at 06:13 PM
ALso, it's not like we are in a food dessert. We can buy groceries at Jewel, Wal-Mart, Trader Joes, Aldi just to name a few. The loss of Dominicks will not prevent us from buying groceries
Tom Walsh September 30, 2011 at 07:13 PM
Frank, what common sense do I fail to see? The common sense that the owner of Pete's has to not have a Grand Opening of a grocery store while there is major road construction going on? I am not sure what trashing our village on a patch website accomplishes on a daily basis, but as Frank said, "Keep up the good work."
Jesse Marx September 30, 2011 at 10:35 PM
I just deleted a comment for its conspiratorial insinuations of certain elected officials. You're free to speak your mind, but you get nowhere, at least while I'm in charge of this website, without evidence. In the meantime, I suggest many of you review the definition of "non sequitur" before you speak on other people's behalf, or fight about who loves the soil more and which detractors should be banned from it. If you disagree with the rules, please take it up with Editor Ben Feldheim when he returns from vacation next week. Thank you for reading.
Arthur Huff October 04, 2011 at 04:29 PM
There is a plan in place to widen LaGrange from 131st to 179th that will be done by 2013???? That would be great but I haven't heard a word of that....
Tom Passarelli December 09, 2011 at 06:31 AM


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