The other dominant traditional (i.e.: not Wal-Mart) supermarket chain in the Chicago area is, of course, Dominick's Finer Foods. Started by Dominick DiMatteo with a single store in 1918 and the addition of a second in the 1930's, the company consisted of a very small group of stores until the mid-1960's. As late as 1963, the chain had less than ten stores. The chain grew through acquisition in the later 60's, starting with a 3-store purchase from Korvettes in 1965 - Waukegan Rd. and Dempster St. , 87th and Cicero, and 111th and Crawford (Pulaski Rd) and then more importantly through a series of Kroger store buyouts, culminating in a 1970 purchase of 18 stores and soon afterward the Kroger Chicago Distribution center as well, effectively ending Kroger's Chicago area tenure. By the start of the 1970's, Dominick's (itself acquired in 1968 by Cleveland-based Fisher Foods) had achieved impressive growth indeed, and was only getting started - much faster growth was to follow.
This Chicago store opened in September, 1956, and the photo was taken shortly thereafter.