Only big grocery store closes in 50th Ward
March 26, 2007 (WLS) -- The closing of the only big supermarket in the 50th ward, Dominick's on North Damen, is now an issue in the aldermanic runoff race.
Aldermanic candidate Naisy Dolar blames her opponent, city council veteran Bernie Stone, for not keeping a single major grocer in the ward.
"When somebody has experience, they should be effective. Bernie stone has experience yet is ineffective," said Naisy Dolar, 50th Ward Candidate
"We call him Alderman Do Nothing Stone, because he hasn't done anything in this area for years," said Pat Buck, Dominick's employee "I deserve a full-fledged store. I can't feed my family on beer and cigarettes," said Maureen Potter, 50th Ward resident, who blames Stone for the closing. "i do. What is his job here?"
Alderman Stone says the store closing is about profits-- not politics.
"We're dealing with a company that deals in the bottom line," said Ald. Bernard Stone, 50th Ward.
He said he has already lined up three potential buyers who also run food store chains.
"She doesn't know what she's talking about. It is like everything else she talks about in the 50th Ward. She is the one who has absolutely no knowledge of what's happening in the 50th Ward," said Stone.
Stone was forced into a runoff by coming up about 200 votes short of the 50-percent required for outright victory. He's predicting an easy victory over Dolar next month. But Dolar, who got 28-percent in February, said a majority of the voters are tired of the b.s., referring to Bernie Stone's initials.
"We need to get rid of the B.S. in our neighborhood. We need To find Bernie stone. Where is he?" said Dolar.
"If she would understand anything about the ward, then she would understand who's spreading the BS," said stone.
Stone has the support of Mayor Daley. On Tuesday, Stone will be endorsed by the last-place finisher in February's primary-- computer consultant Salman Atab. Dolar's expecting the backing of her closest challenger --architect Greg Brewer, who received 18 percent of the vote.
It could be a photo finish on April 17th.
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