Big Promises From Dominick’s
Eat Local Supermarket?
Years and years ago, the way families were Ford families or GM families, Chicago families were Jewel families or Dominick’s families. Honestly, I have no idea and will offer no deep explanation for this phenomenon. It just was. We were a Dominick’s family, both when we lived in Niles and then when we moved to Northbrook. As the years passed and moms and dads started buying Nissans (back when they were Datsuns!) and Honda, loyalty to the grocery store also waned. Today, the legacy, Union stores, especially Dominicks, seem bereft of customers as shoppers indulge in their world of choices from Whole Foods to Fresh Farms.
Now, you would think I’d have limited need for any grocery store. Vegetables come in our weekly CSA box, fruit from the farmer’s market; meat only when we know it’s the right kind. Still, I’ve learned relatively recently that Dominick’s has some very good prices on some very key needs. They’re prices for coffee, usually from a weekly promotion, are some of the best I’ve seen, but nothing beats their prices for fizzy water, both in 12 ounce cans and 2 liter bottles. Moreover, they flavor in ways that especially tickle the Condiment Queen’s fancy such as grapefruit and mandarin orange. So along with all the other places I shop, I shop occasionally at Dominick’s. Turns out they’res more reasons to step in there.
I generally find the produce department at Dominick’s awful. The stuff looks bad, and as they’d add in the Catskill’s, the prices are high too. Mostly, I was looking for a few lemons the other day. Imagine my surprise when I found the produce area filled with locavore promises.
They even addressed the question of what’s local.
So, they paid for the signs. Did they pay for the foods? I glanced around and found no signs advertising anything specifically as locally grown. Still, I did stumble across something.
Local beets. Has a nice ring to it, no? I did not fumble through their entire inventory looking for more Illinois grown labels, so I cannot assure you that this is all they had. I’m going to keep my eye’s open. After all, as I say to my wife when I complain about the excess cans the kids go through, “they drink it like’s it’s water.” I have a need to be there. Now, I have more than a need to be there. Keep your promise, Dominick’s
Please let us know what kind of local produce you’ve seen at Dominick’s. By the way, the following was all noted at the Dominick’s at 259 Lake Street in Oak Park. Cannot speak to any other Dominick’s.