Jewel-Osco Closing; 5 Save-A-Lots Opening

CHICAGO (STMW) — Jewel-Osco is closing a grocery store at 6057 S. Western Ave. on Feb. 24 because of lagging business, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The store has served Chicago Lawn and surrounding neighborhoods for 25 years, and its 130 employees will be offered jobs at other Jewel-Osco stores, said spokeswoman Karen May.

The closest Jewel-Osco stores, at 5320 S. Pulaski and 3644 S. Archer, are each three miles away from the store that is closing.

Residents will soon have a smaller, lower-cost and limited-assortment grocery alternative when Save-A-Lot opens five stores Feb. 24 on Chicago’s South Side, including one at 6701 S. Western Ave., a company spokeswomen said.

The other Save-A-Lot stores will open at 148 W. 79th St., 344 E. 63rd St., 6858 S. Aberdeen and 8240 S. Stony Island.

The Save-A-Lot stores, a wholly owned subsidiary of Supervalu, which owns Jewel-Osco stores, measure 15,000 square feet, on average, compared with a Jewel-Osco store averaging 45,000 to 55,000 square feet. Save-A-Lot currently operates eight stores in Chicago.

Mari Gallagher, a Chicago research and marketing consultant who popularized the term “food desert” four years ago, said the Jewel-Osco that is closing served as a fortress on the edge of one of the city’s areas under-served by grocers. The new Save-A-Lots are located either inside a food desert or on a border of one.

The changes reflect an increasingly segmented grocery market.

“Today, many other types of stores – dollar stores, mass-retailers and niches of grocery stores, are taking the consumer’s food dollar,” Gallagher said.

Gallagher’s latest findings released to the Sun-Times show that the number of Chicagoans who live in a food desert totals 550,382, down by 8 percent from 2008. No specific geographic radius exists for a food desert. It can be a sliver of land or extend for several blocks. The designation relies primarily on the difficulty in obtaining access to fresh produce and other healthy foods by a concentrated mass of people, primarily due to the length of time and difficulty in obtaining transportation to a full-service supermarket.

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  • Tina

    Close jewel and save a lot then we can shop else where and save a lot. Would not miss them

    • carol

      I use spendlees at sav-a lot then all of a sudden every thing got high and poor customer service

  • mist

    This store serves a need in that area. Yes, Jewel WILL be missed.
    Quite often, busloads of senior citizens are brought there to do their shopping.

  • Tim

    What would it take to get a savalot on the North side?

  • Ang

    Tim there is a Save A Lot on Devon

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  • Beth Glickman Haines

    There used to be a Save A Lot on Devon & Leavit Ang, but now it is a Salvation Army Resale Shop. Years ago it was a Burger King.

  • Kat

    Thats what happens when stores get greedy.Why buy a box of gram crackers for $4.00 at Jewel ,when you can get them for a $1.00 at the dollar store!

  • p-aul

    Jewel has been over priced for years.

  • Rahm

    Black people are getting poorer and poorer, can’t even afford to shop at Jewel. Jewel Osco leaves, Aldi will come in … Obama can’t help anybody !

    • criticalmass


      “Black people are getting poorer and poorer, can’t even afford to shop at Jewel…”

      Obviously you do not read or cannot read. The economic windfall this country is experiencing is affecting more than “blacks”. EVERYONE is affected! The mismanagement and duplicity, for many years, by this country’s government is the reason for this. Don’t blame Obama for the atrocities that plague this country. It started long before he came into office.

      • Rahm

        You’re right, I can’t read. I was schooled in the CPS system in the South Side but even so it don’t take a Ph.D. degree to figure out that brother Obama ain’t nothing but a smooth talker.. What has it done in 2 years for his brothers and sisters ? Or anybody else… I wish I could pay my rent with copies of his speeches , they must worth something, right ? He ain’t gonna do nothing for us , he’s an Oreo cookie !


    It’s not surprise that they are closing, the price are so high I can’t see how anybody can shop there.

    I sure we will see alot more of Jewels close and it sereves them right by overcharging.

  • Dan

    Jewel + Unionized Workers = Overpriced Groceries
    Save 50% YES 50% at Butera, Tony’s Finer Foods, Happy Foods on the north side just buy the stuff Jewel has on sale and don’t get tricked by the buy one get one free scam it’s still cheaper at the store s I mentioned. I see people in line at Jewl all the time with carts full and they have no idea how much they are getting ripped off

  • franklin808

    Another slam against unions. We need to unite against corporate greed.

  • MIMI

    I hate Supervalu with a intensity of 10 suns. They are run by moronic month breathers who have no clue what goes on in the stores. I was a loyal Jewel shopper, but now I only go for the sale items if that. Dominicks employees along w/ Trader Joes are far more friendly and professional. Maybe it is because they are grown ups, not part time high school kids for whom this job is just spending money for them. Nothing invested long term, hence the I don’t care aditude that prevails @ the store level

    • Leigh

      Everyone who works for Jewel’s doesn’t have that kind of attitude. My job is money to pay bills and that goes for most workers at Jewel-Osco stores. Some of the veteran workers have to struggle to pay their bills and so do younger associates who attend college. Know the people your talking about before you speak. We are not getting rich working for Jewel and we do have to work hard for the money we earn.

      • carol

        that is the truth i’ve shopped at many different store Tony Sav-a-lot and believe me Jewel employees give you why better serve

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