Apr 24, 2024 - News

Foxtrot and Dom's stores close nationwide

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The Foxtrot in Lakeview was one of 33 closed across the country Tuesday. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

All Foxtrot and Dom's Kitchen and Market locations closed abruptly yesterday.

Why it matters: The Chicago-based upscale markets and cafes were popular local spots for artisanal snacks, gourmet food, in-store dining and remote working.

The big picture: The closings affect 33 Foxtrot locations across Chicago, D.C., Austin and Dallas, and two Dom's.

  • Stores across Chicago had already closed by yesterday morning, posting signs on the doors thanking customers. Deliveries ceased, and store credits are no longer valid.
  • "We explored many avenues to continue the business but found no viable option despite good faith and exhaustive efforts," a statement on Dom's website reads.
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Dom's patrons gathered in the parking lot Tuesday morning shortly after staffers stopped letting anyone in. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

State of play: Foxtrot billed itself as an upscale convenience store and cafe, selling wine, gourmet food, coffee and desserts, while Dom's offered an elevated grocery store experience with prepared foods and dine-in options.

  • Foxtrot had big expansion plans after merging with Dom's under Outfox Hospitality last November, promising to open 50 locations by next year.

Corporate workers were notified over a conference call yesterday morning, and many store employees were left in the dark, Eater Chicago reports.

What they're saying: Lincoln Park resident Lea Ceasrine called the closing "devastating" standing outside the Dom's location on Halsted yesterday morning.

  • "We would have loved to stock up on a bunch of produce and whatnot. But [we're] also feeling bad for the employees that didn't get any notice," Ceasrine tells Axios.

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