Here are my photos of the oldest surviving and smallest of the Dominick’s grocery stores, located in River Forest, Illinois. You can find more pics over in my flickr set.

In 1925, Dominick DiMatteo, born in Sicily, opened a grocery store at the corner of Ohio Street and Avers Avenue on Chicago’s West Side. Nine years later, he opened a second location with his 16-year-old son, Dominick DiMatteo Jr., and the grocery store chain was born. In 1950, Dominick’s unveiled its first large-scale supermarket, at 6900 W. North Avenue in suburban River Forest, a modest 14,000-square-foot edifice that would be dwarfed by modern standards. By 1968 the chain had reached 19 stores, and ultimately would number a total of 72 stores. At the end of 2013 it was announced all the Dominick’s stores in the Chicagoland area would close. The official last day is Saturday, December 28th.

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    Can we talk about how post-apocalyptic this looks?
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    That was my great uncle oops
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    Daily Eyeopener- This was so close to my house :/ I didn’t realize it was closing until I saw these.
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