If you live in the Chicago area, you are probably aware of the surprising announcement made last October (2013) by Safeway Inc., that they would be closing all 72 of their Dominick’s grocery stores by December 28th 2013. It was a big deal as stores closed, some with immediate plans to be re-opened by another chain, others to remain in limbo while neighbors looked for shopping alternatives. Here’s a link to the map of the stores and their new ownership status. For bicycle-riding customers at the old Dominick’s store in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood though, this change-of-ownership has translated into more bike racks. This location re-opened in March 2014 as a Mariano’s grocery store, along with greatly increased bike parking. Back in 2010 I took some photos of the bike parking at the store when it was owned by Dominick’s. Back then, there were 3 city-installed “U” racks along Chicago avenue, and one more along the west side of the store near the back parking ramp.
When the store re-opened under the Mariano’s banner this spring, the main, west-side entrance was sporting two additional bike racks on each side. And these were not just a couple more U-racks – they were multiple-bike holding wavy-style racks that almost doubled the amount of bike parking available for cyclists.
I’ve written about other Mariano’s locations in Chicago in my bike parking Fridays posts – most have lots of good bike parking. I haven’t keep a close eye on all the old Dominick’s locations as they re-open to see if the new owners are taking the ever-growing cycling population of Chicago into consideration. Let me know what you see. If you’re interested in other posts about the good and bad of bike parking here in Chicago, check out my Bike Parking Fridays page . If you’re a business owner and you’re looking for more information about how much and what kind of bike parking you are required to provide for your customers according to the Municipal Code of Chicago, check out the links on that page as well.