OAK BROOK, IL-Safeway-owned grocery chain Dominick’s is closing 14 underperforming stores in the Chicago Metro area in April, leaving it with a total of 83 units. The closures are occurring while the outfit is rolling out a new prototype unit that it is incorporating throughout its existing portfolio.

Dominick’s, once a leader in the region, has steadily lost market share to area competitor Jewel since Safeway acquired the chain in 1998, says Pewaukee, WI-based grocery analyst David Livingston. At the time of the transaction, Dominick’s operated 112 stores.

“It just didn’t work out for them,” Livingston says of the Safeway transaction. “They’re not getting back to where they were before.”

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