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Tops, Price Chopper Set For Merger

Tops, Price Chopper Set For Merger

Can Both Cooperstown Supermarkets Survive?

By Jim Kevlin • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Price Chopper patron
Pete Gambino exits the Cooperstown store.

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.

PRICE CHOPPER, TOPS MERGING

BULLETIN

PRICE CHOPPER,

TOPS MERGING

SCHENECTADY – Price Chopper and Tops Friendly Markets this morning announced a merger.

Each has a supermarket serving Cooperstown.  Price Chopper also has markets in Oneonta and Richfield Springs. That would leave Hannaford’s in Oneonta as the only competitor in the market.

Officials from the two chains say the merger will nearly double their footprints in the Northeast. The combined chain will have 300 stores and 30,000 employees and will be based in Schenectady.

Local Supermarkets Take Steps Toward Even Safer Shopping

Local Supermarkets

Take Steps Toward

Even Safer Shopping

With local supermarkets continuing to add safety measures, Price Chopper’s Heather Sprague, left, and Renee Miller were laying strips of tape on the floor at the chain’s Cooperstown outlet at noontime today, a measure intended to help shoppers stay 6 feet from each other, as recommended in “social distancing” guidelines. Meanwhile, Tops Friendly Markets announced that today it is beginning safety measures at its 162 stores, which will include its local outlet in Coopestown Commons.  Steps include adding Plexiglas barriers at cash registers, and a staffer dedicated to wiping down spaces customers might touch.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Parade Opens CYB Season

BIG JOB, Little Players

The littlest team, Coach Matt Hazzard’s Price Chopper, got a big job this morning, carrying the lead banner in the Little League Parade into the CYB Field in Hartwick  hamlet.   It took a little while to get the hang of it, but the players then successful led their fellow athletes into the season.  From right are Lily Vilacky, brothers Connor and Landon Van Buren, Paxton Hazzard, Graham Schiellack, Joe Conti and Carter Coleman.  At the field, players sang the National Anthem and former coach Dave Pearlman, left, threw in the first pitch.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 18

‘The Exterminating Angels’

Streaming At Foothills

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CRAFT SHOW – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See over 100 crafters and artists, find unique gifts for the holiday and win prizes. FoxCare Center, 1 Foxcare Dr., Oneonta.

Price Chopper Boards Bresee’s Rudolph

Price Chopper Boards

Bresee’s Rudolph Ride

Two weeks ago, Greg Noonan of Cherry Valley was preparing to go to Florida for three weeks and couldn’t bear to leave his reindeer in the barn during his vacation. So, on a shopping trip to Cooperstown’s Price Chopper, he asked if store manager Kurt Krajewski would be willing to host the animal for the Holidays. Krajewski was more than pleased to do so, for it was none other than the original  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer ride from the former Bresee’s Department Store.  “He wanted kids to enjoy it.” said Krajewski. “Lots of customers have been coming in and taking pictures and reminiscing about riding on it.” The ride will be at Price Chopper through New Year’s, when Noonan returns. While the ride still works, rides are not currently offered. But, don’t let that stop you from getting up close and personal with this piece of local holiday  history! (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
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.

ATTENTION, Single-Copy Buyers!

ATTENTION, Single-Copy Buyers!

... the newspaper rack at the Cooperstown Price Chopper has been moved.  It is now between the self-service checkout line and the customer service desk.  This week's Freeman's Journal is now available there.  (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
… the newspaper rack at the Cooperstown Price Chopper has been moved. It is now between the self-service checkout line and the customer service desk. This week’s Freeman’s Journal is now available there. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
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