Dom’s Kitchen, Foxtrot closing months into merger

Chicago-based grocery startups Dom’s Kitchen & Market and Foxtrot, which merged late last year after a period of rapid growth, are closing their doors, the company announced Tuesday.

“We explored numerous avenues to continue the business but found no viable options despite good faith and exhaustive efforts,” Dom’s said in a statement posted on the company’s website.

“We understand that this news may come as a shock and we apologize for any inconvenience it may cause,” the statement said. “We sincerely appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.”

Workers outside Dom’s in Lincoln Park told the Tribune Tuesday morning they were surprised by the news. The company’s statement said all operations were ending Tuesday, stores were no longer taking deliveries, in-store credits were not available and “all customer-facing operations were disabled.”

Company executives could not immediately be contacted.

Handwritten signs on the door of a Foxtrot in Lakeview read “closed for good.” At Dom’s Lincoln Park, signs read: “Hey Neighbors, Dom’s is saying goodbye and we are closing our stores and app.” Thank you for eating and enjoying with us.

Employees at the store’s entrance told approaching shoppers, some in disbelief, that the store was closed. “Why did you close?” » asked a woman shortly before 11 a.m. “We can’t say that,” replied a Dom employee. Inside the store, workers embraced each other.

Becca Richter, 25, said she “definitely sprinted” to Dom’s after hearing the news. Even though she couldn’t enter the store, an employee gave Richter a small box of chocolate chunk cookies, which he said were the very last ones.

“I don’t think I’m going to eat them, I’m just going to leave them as a memorial,” said Richter, who lives in Lakeview.

Employees slowly entered and exited the store throughout the morning, some leaving with bags of groceries or flowers. A small crowd gathered outside the store throughout the morning. At one point, workers brought a shopping cart full of Dom brand cups to the gathered crowd, some of whom grabbed two each.

“Can we order coffee from the window?” » » asked a woman. “There’s no one there,” an employee replied.

Dom’s and Foxtrot announced plans in late November to merge under a new entity, Outfox Hospitality, led by Foxtrot CEO Liz Williams.

At the time, Foxtrot had 15 stores in Chicago and another 17 in Washington, Dallas and Austin. Dom’s, also known for its upscale, discounted concept, has two stores in Chicago, one in Lincoln Park and one in Old Town. The company announced plans in September to open a third location in River North next summer.

In December, Dom’s won approval from the Vernon Hills Village Council to open its first suburban location on the outer edge of the Hawthorne Shopping Center redevelopment on Townline Road. The company had planned to start work on the Vernon Hills store in 2025.

Foxtrot stores straddle the line between an upscale convenience store and a coffee shop, while Dom’s, launched in 2021 by Chicago grocery scion Bob Mariano and former Dominick’s executives, is known for its more grocery offerings. complete with a wide range of prepared meal options.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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