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Crain's Chicago Business reports that Safeway has informed its Chicago-area employees that any Dominick's stores that have not been sold by December 28 will be closed. The letter was sent, the company said, in accordance with federal labor law.

Safeway recently announced that it will sell the Dominick's chain that it acquired in 1998 for $1.2 billion. The disposition of the stores is expected to be piecemeal, with a number of competitors - possibly including Roundy's, Albertsons, Kroger and Sunset Foods - expected to pick up a few stores each.
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