Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market IGA has acquired four Dominick’s locations in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IGA said. Terms were not disclosed.
The stores are located in the Illinois towns of Northbrook, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines and Elk Grove Village, and were taken over by Joe Caputo & Sons on Jan. 25. Conversion of the Northbrook and Arlington Heights stores is expected to begin immediately with anticipated opening dates in late March/early April. Plans call for the Elk Grove Village location to open shortly thereafter, and for the Des Plaines location to be up and running by the end of the year.
Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market IGA, owned by Nat and Vito Caputo, has been operating in the northwest suburbs of Chicago for almost 25 years. The three currently operating stores (located in Palatine, Des Plaines and Algonquin) are known for fresh produce and high-quality imported Italian specialties. They feature full-service delis with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses and authentic Italian bakeries with baked goods made from Caputo family recipes.
“We do things differently at Joe Caputo & Sons IGA,” Nat Caputo said. “Either my brother Vito or I are down at the fruit and vegetable market every day hand-picking the product that arrives at our stores each morning. Our master baker, Joe, is up before dawn each morning overseeing the baking of our Italian baked goods, including eight different kinds of butter cookies made with real butter. It’s those little things that make customers loyal to Joe Caputo & Sons IGA, even if they don’t live close to one of our stores.
“And it’s knowing that we have so many loyal customers that made us willing to make this kind of investment for them. We look forward to bringing our businesses closer to the people in the northwest suburbs who already know and love us and are traveling outside of their communities to reach us, and to building great new relationships with those people who don’t yet know all the wonderful things we have to offer at our stores.”
Doug Fritsch, SVP of retail and business development, IGA, added, “IGA is extremely pleased that Joe Caputo & Sons has chosen to expand their footprint in Chicagoland with IGA with the acquisition of these four stores. They are truly the premier independent retailer in the markets they serve.”
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