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(CBS) – Roundy’s Inc. will purchase nearly a dozen Dominick’s supermarkets in Chicago and the suburbs that were slated to close later this month and reopen them in 2014 as Mariano’s grocery stores.

Dominick’s parent company Safeway Inc. in October said it was closing all 72 Dominick’s stores because the chain was losing money. It also announced plans to sell as many of them as possible, including four to competitor Jewel. The Dominick’s chain, founded by the DiMatteo family nearly 100 years ago, employs more than 6,000.

Milwaukee-based Roundy’s on Monday said it will buy 11 of the Dominick’s stores for $36 million and reopen them under the Mariano’s banner next year after renovations. The locations are:

  • 1900 S. Cumberland Ave., Park Ridge
  • No. 14 Garden Market Street, Western Springs
  • 3145 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago
  • 2021 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago
  • 1822 Willow Road, Northfield
  • 3020 S. Wolf Road, Westchester
  • 450 Half Day Road, Buffalo Grove
  • 5201 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago
  • 6655 Grand Ave., Gurnee
  • 3025 E. New York St., Aurora
  • 950 Brook Forest Ave., Shorewood

“This acquisition is transformational in terms of Mariano’s expansion plans in the Chicago metropolitan area, allowing us to open 11 additional stores in 2014 in prime locations with great market demographics,” Robert Mariano, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Roundy’s, said in a news release. “These key locations will seamlessly integrate into and complement our existing base of 13 Mariano’s locations as well as our 5 additional 2014 Mariano’s locations now under construction.”

Mariano said in a conference call with reporters that labor contracts will not transfer, but Dominick’s employees are free to apply online for the new jobs.

Also Monday, Crain’s Chicago Business reported that Whole Foods is considering a deal to buy another seven of the Dominick’s stores. That would mean some 50 Dominick’s stores remain without a potential owner.

Vanessa Avalos is at one of the stores that has been given a reprieve.

“I really do hope we keep our jobs,” she tells CBS 2’s Brad Edwards. “I’m looking forward to hopefully working for Mariano’s.”

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