2nd Largest Market Chain May Acquire Price Chopper

2nd Largest Market Chain

May Acquire Price Chopper

Shopper Mark Zeek of Cooperstown exits the Chestnut Street supermarket this afternoon. The company also has markets in Oneonta and Richfield Springs. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Shopper Mark Zeek of Cooperstown exits the Chestnut Street supermarket this afternoon. The company also has markets in Oneonta and Richfield Springs. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Supermarket chain Albertsons Companies is in advanced talks to acquire closely held grocery-store operator Price Chopper for around $1 billion, people familiar with the matter told Forbes magazine, which first reported it last Tuesday.

The magazine estimated the transaction could be worth $1 billion, although it quoted sources cautioning negotiations may be unable ro reach a deal.

Price Chopper, owned by the Golub family and based in Schenectady, operates 170 markets in New York and western New England, including three in Otsego County – at Oneonta, Cooperstown and Richfield Springs.   Tops, Hannaford, Aldi and Victory also operate supermarkets in the county.

Albertsons, based in Boise, Idaho, operates 2,200 stores and employs more than 250,000 employees.  Owned by Cerberus Capital Management, it is the second-largest supermarket chain in the country, after Kroger.

Forbes said the deal “would underscore the wave of consolidation sweeping the U.S. grocery industry,” as regional chains struggle to compete against online retailers like Amazon, big boxes like Walmart, and discount chains like ALDI.

 


4 thoughts on “2nd Largest Market Chain May Acquire Price Chopper

  1. Elaine Dugan

    I hope the sale doesn’t happen. I like my Price Chopper, their low prices and great deals! Also I have shopped at Albertsons in Florida and I thought their prices were very high compared to others down there.

  2. Marianne Zura

    I lived In Jackson Hole where Albertson’s and Smith’s (a Krogers store) were the two large markets in town. Smith’s had a gas card point program like PC where Albertsons did not. Albertsons was more expensive than Smith’s but was still a good place to shop based on its location compared to the Smith’s. I don’t recall Albertsons pricings in comparison to Price Chopper but I’m a club card user most of the time anyway which helps with budgetary costs for me.

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