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Grand Union set for Hartwick Seminary after FTC OKs Price Chopper/Tops merger

Grand Union set for Hartwick Seminary after FTC OKs Price Chopper/Tops merger

Last year’s merger putting competing grocers Price Chopper and Tops under a single parent company left local shoppers wondering the fate of branded stores in Otsego County.

As a condition of approving the merger, the Federal Trade Commission required proposed parent company Northeast Grocery to divest its interest in a dozen stores — among them the Tops Market on Route 28 in Hartwick Seminary.

C&S Wholesale Grocers, a century-old supplier to independent grocery stores throughout the country, purchased the stores in question and, in the next few months, will replace the Tops brand with Grand Union.

“This is another very exciting opportunity for C&S to further expand into the retail market,” Rick Cohen, executive chairman of C&S Wholesale Grocers said. “This is an important component of our growth and future success.”

“The Grand Union stores will showcase C&S’s already successful retail strategies and be supported by our strong wholesale supply chain and programs to deliver solid retail performance,” he continued.

When asked, all three players involved in the merger, divestiture, and rebranding of the stores declined to comment beyond prepared statements provided to the media.

Price Chopper locations in Cooperstown and Oneonta will retain their brand identity under the new Northeast Grocery parent banner, as will Price Chopper and Tops Markets throughout the remainder of the new parent company’s service region.

While no specific dates have yet been scheduled, C&S plans grand openings for the Hartwick Seminary and other Grand Union locations for mid-January through mid-February 2022, and states the company “will continue to recognize the union workforce at these locations.”

“We are very excited to bring this iconic supermarket back to the communities it has fed for generations,” said C&S Chief Executive Officer Bob Palmer.

Upset About ‘Trump 2024’? Help May Be On The Way


Upset About ‘Trump 2024’?

Help May Be On The Way

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

“Trump 2024” may be coming down in April.

MILFORD – For the portion of the public upset by the “Trump 2024” sign on Route 28 north of the Village of Milford, help may be on the way.

Anna Johnson, Rome Sign Co. business manager, said the billboard’s current renter has a contract that runs out in April, and a new customer has picked up the contract, so “Trump 2024” may be gone by the end of that month, “depending on the weather.”

New Sign Arises At Milford Church

New Sign Arises

At Milford Church

A new sign rose this morning in front the Milford United Methodist. The crew consisted of church members, from left, Tom Rathbone, Brad Brooks, Terry Mattison, Al Dubreuil, Bill Triolo and Dave Meade.  Al’s son-in-law, Jason Gaitz, Houston, Texas, fabricated at his shop there, Sign Worx. The sign is in front of the new church on Route 28 that was completed in June 2019.  (Jim Kevlin/
It Could Be The Largest Stars, Stripes In County

It Could Be The Largest

Stars, Stripes In County

For the past few days, drivers on Route 28 south of Cooperstown have been remarking on what could be the largest Stars & Stripes in Otsego County, on the Kevin’s Royal Ford lot in Index. It takes quite a breeze to unfurl it, as happened a few minutes ago. In the foreground, flanking Manager Mike Simmons, Burlington Flats, are David Place, left, East Springfield, and Gary Chanin, Worcester. The banner, 20 by 30 feet, was installed last week. If you know of a bigger one locally, email (Jim Kevlin /
Car Hits Pole, Reducing Route 28 To One Lane

Car Hits Pole, Reducing

Route 28 To One Lane

Amid lightning and threatening thunder a few minutes ago, a grey BMW ran into a utility pole on Route 28, Hartwick Seminary, a few minutes ago, reducing traffic to one lane. No details were immediately available. Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters from nearby Town of Hartwick Fire Company #2 were at the scene. ( photo)
Vandals Pour Paint On Trump Billboard

Vandals Pour Paint

On Trump Billboard

Someone poured paint on the Trump 2020 billboard that appeared about six months ago north of the Village of Milford on Route 28. A few minutes ago, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. said his department had received no complaint, but that damaging another person’s property can result in a charge of criminal mischief. ( photo)
Burlington Flats Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Burlington Flats Man

Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Kyle Seamon, Burlington Flats, was killed when his motorcycle collided with an SUV on Route 28 in Richfield.

RICHFIELD – A 20-year-old Burlington Flats man was killed when he was hit by a car making a turn on State Route 28 near the Canadarago Lake boat launch in the Town of Richfield.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, Kyle J. Seamon was driving his motorcycle south on Route 28 when a woman driving an SUV north made a left turn onto Hyder Road, directly into Seamon’s path.  The SUV and motorcycle collided.

4-Way Stop Sign Eyed For Glen, Grove Corner

Village Hall Hearing At 7 Today

4-Way Stop Sign Eyed

For Glen, Grove Corner

The Village Board is considering a four-way stop sign at Glen (Route 28) and Grove. ( photo)
Trustee Sternberg

COOPERSTOWN – The Village Board is planning at public hearing at 7 p.m. today on whether to erect a four-way stop sign at Glen Avenue (Route 28), the village’s northern gateway, and Grove Street.   The hearing will be at 22 Main St., the Village Hall.

The move is proposed by Trustee Richard Sternberg, who chairs the trustees’ Public Safety Committee,  who said there have been three accidents there in the past year.  “This is a significant problem,” he said.

2-Vehicle Crash Slows Cooperstown Rush Hour

2-Vehicle Crash Slows

Cooperstown Rush Hour

A collision between a pickup truck and a car at Railroad Avenue and Route 28 in Cooperstown 20 minutes ago slowed northbound rush-hour traffic. State police were at the scene, directing traffic, but the drivers were talking to each other and neither appeared to be injured. The car in the collision, inset, limped away from the scene, leaking gasoline, and parked in a nearby parking lot at 21 Railroad.  No further details were immediately available.  (Jim Kevlin/

Car Crashes Reported Throughout County


On Icy Roads, Cars Flip

Around Otsego County

Dramatic as it may look, the driver walked away from this rollover accident on Route 31 (East Lake Road) south of East Springfield, state police report. (John Bower for

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – At least four car crashes have been reported as the snow falls on Otsego County, creating slick roads.

At 8:12 a.m., a car flipped over on Route 31 in Springfield, though no injuries were reported. A second rollover, on Route 166, was reported to involve “minor injuries” to one occupant.

‘It Sounded Like  5 Freight Trains’

‘It Sounded Like 

5 Freight Trains’

Neighbor Describes XNG Truck Crash

On Route 28 South Of Schuyler Lake

An XNG truck went off Route 28 between Route 16 south of Schuyler Lake and that hamlet. The road was closed for 12 hours. (Image courtesy WKTV)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.COM

SCHUYLER LAKE – Responding to the fourth XNG truck mishap since transports began in February, firefighters and emergency personnel blocked off several roads leading to a crash site near Schuyler Lake until 3 a.m. today, keeping some people from their homes for hours.

“We were up at the florists, and when we came back down, they had the road blocked off,” said Exeter resident Christine Allen, who lives less than half a mile from the crash site. “We couldn’t get to our house, so we went to Stewart’s and got a banana split.”

Allen was finally able to get back to her home later in the evening when responders let her through to get to her house. According to Allen, she heard a loud noise when crews released the gas from the trailer.

New Bat Company Rising On Hartwick Seminary Site

New Bat Company Rising

On Hartwick Seminary Site

The timber frame building rising in the past few days on Route 28, Hartwick Seminary, will house a bat company being launched by Matt Kent’s Leatherstocking Timber & Stone in Oneonta. Jim Bridger Construction (he is in the backhoe) and his crew – at left, Lonnie Schneider, Brett Sisson and Jake Jorgensen – have been preparing the site for the past couple of weeks, and began construction in earnest this week. The new building is located between Redneck Barbecue and The Shack. ( photo)
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