It looks like the Cooperstown area, which hosts both a Price Chopper and a Tops Friendly Market, will be an oddity with the merger of the two supermarket companies that was announced Monday, Feb. 9.
The two companies have “a footprint that’s almost perfectly contiguous,” with minimal overlap, Price Chopper/Market 32 President/CEO Scott Grimmett told the Albany Times Union.
With Price Chopper at Chestnut and Walnut in the village, and Tops 3.8 miles away in Cooperstown Commons, that wouldn’t be the case in Baseball Town, particularly since the corporate merger appears to end all competition in Otsego County north of Greater Oneonta, where the Price Chopper in Emmons competes with Hannaford, Aldi’s, BJ’s and Walmart.
“Right now, there are no plans to close any stores,” said Jonathan Pierce of Pierce Communications, Albany, which is handling press queries.
The only other supermarket in Northern Otsego is in Richfield Springs, also a Price Chopper.
Pierce said the merger is being examined by the Federal Trade Commission to assess its impact on the competitive picture.
ALBANY — The number of COVID-19 related deaths rose by nearly 600 people overnight, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday, going from 3,565 to 4,159. But Cuomo said the number of deaths at one time has dropped for the first time over the past few days, the Albany Times Union is reporting this morning.
“What is the significance of that? It’s too early to tell,” Cuomo said. “Hopefully it’s a beginning of a shift in the data.”
There were 594 new deaths across the state overnight Sunday, compared to 630 new deaths the previous day. It’s not the lowest number of new deaths the state has seen over the past week, but it is the first time there has been a drop.
The total number of new hospitalizations also decreased overnight — with 74 percent of those hospitalized due to COVID-19 discharged. Whereas on previous days over the past week, the number of hospitalizations increased by at least 1,000 each day, Sunday’s increase was just 574.