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.

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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