Oswego looks at options to fill space when Dominick’s store closes
By Linda Girardi For Sun-Times Media October 24, 2013 11:10AM
Updated: November 26, 2013 6:25AM
Oswego officials are looking at different options for the Dominick’s store in the village, now that the grocery chain has announced it will leave the market in 2014.
Dominick’s is one of the major anchors in the Oswego Commons shopping center, which includes Target.
Village officials said the grocer has a lease on the 65,636-square-foot store until 2022. Vijay Gadde, Oswego economic development director, said the village and the landlord, RPAI Properties, have been reaching out to other prospective grocers, including Mariano’s Fresh Market, Trader Joe’s and The Fresh Market.
“None of them are quite ready for the Oswego market,” Gadde said.
He said Dominick’s may also decide to sub-lease to multiple tenants if another grocery or other large store cannot take over the entire building.
“We keep working with the landlord and Dominick’s,” Gadde said. “Oswego has different demographics,” he said, of the other Dominick’s stores in the region that also are expected to close.
Gadde said a shopper’s survey in April put a specialty grocery as number one on the wish list, followed by sit-down restaurants and a bookstore.
“We are having the conversation,” Village President Brian LeClercq said of the village’s efforts to land another tenant in the store. “At some point we will probably put out another survey to get people chatting about what they really want.”