Operations

Retail-restaurant hybrids Foxtrot, Dom's cease operations

The brands' recently formed parent company, Outfox Hospitality, has shut down all 35 of its locations in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas.
Dom's Kitchen & Market
A Dom's Kitchen & Market location in Chicago. The company is shutting down all of its grocery locations as well as all units of its urban convenience concept, Foxtrot. | Photo: Heather Lalley.

Urban convenience-store and delivery chain Foxtrot Market and small-format grocer Dom’s Kitchen & Market, known for blurring the lines between restaurants and retail, began closing all stores in several markets Tuesday, according to social media posts from Foxtrot and Dom’s.

The move comes less than six months after the brands announced a merger, closed at the end of the year, forming a new entity, Outfox Hospitality.

Foxtrot had 33 locations in ChicagoWashington, D.C., Dallas and Austin, Texas. Dom’s had two locations in Chicago.

“We explored many avenues to continue the business but found no viable option despite good faith and exhaustive efforts," the company said in a statement shared on social media. 

Representatives from Outfox did not immediately respond requests for comment on the closures.

Foxtrot statement

A statement from Foxtrot, shared on social media Tuesday. | Screenshot via X, formerly Twitter.

Both Foxtrot and Dom's sold a high-end mix of fresh food, packaged items and prepared foods. Stores had coffee bars and sold alcohol. Dom's boasted food court-style dining options and substantial indoor seating. 

Foxtrot had raised hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years to fuel its rapid expansion. 

Outfox named former Whole Foods Executive Vice President Rob Twyman as chief executive officer in February. Most recently, he was with nonprofit grocery chain Daily Table.

Twyman began in his role as CEO on March 11, succeeding Liz Williams, who was named CEO of restaurant chain El Pollo Loco. Jay Owen and Bob Mariano, both co-founders and co-chairmen of Dom’s, and Mike LaVitola, co-founder of Foxtrot, maintained their advisor and board roles at Outfox. 

This story originally appeared in RB sister publication CSP Daily News and has been modified slightly. 

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