PRICE CHOPPER/MARKET 32 AND TOPS MARKETS COMPLETE MERGER TRANSACTION

Combined Companies Will Maintain Separate Brands But Create Scale and Bring Efficiencies to Local Shoppers

Schenectady, N.Y./Williamsville, N.Y. — With the regulatory review process complete and approval from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received, Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops Markets today announced the closure of their merger, as proposed earlier this year.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will be managed locally by their respective leaders and continue to be referred to by their established brand identities, but will be owned and overseen by a new parent company, Northeast Grocery, Inc. As previously announced, Scott Grimmett, the current president and CEO of Price Chopper/Market 32, will lead the new parent company. He will also serve on its board of directors as will Frank Curci, former Tops Markets Chairman and CEO.

The agreement cements a powerful alliance between the two storied independent grocery chains, as it virtually doubles their collective footprint in the Northeast. With increased scale across their now-combined footprint of nearly 300 stores, the merged companies are better positioned to leverage increased value for customers; advance shared opportunities for innovation; and fortify the depth of their expanded workforce, community, and trade partnerships, thereby becoming stronger and more competitive.

“We’re appreciative of the FTC’s diligence in reviewing this merger and grateful to have received all of the necessary approvals. Now, we can dedicate ourselves to bringing these two storied grocery chains together, leveraging best practices, developing new opportunities, and finding efficiencies that will help us continue to deliver distinctive shopping experiences,” said Grimmett.

The regulatory review process by the FTC mandates the divestiture of 12 of the combined companies’ stores. C&S Wholesale Grocers (C&S) has been approved to purchase all 12 stores. GU Markets LLC, an affiliate of C&S Wholesale Grocers, will operate these stores. C&S will continue to recognize the union workforce at these locations. The 12 Tops stores to be divested and purchased by C&S Wholesale Grocers are:

Cooperstown

5 Commons Dr.

Cooperstown, N.Y. 13326

Cortland

3932 State Route 281

Cortland, N.Y.13045

Norwich

54 E Main St.

Norwich, N.Y. 13815

Owego

1145 NY-17C

Owego, N.Y. 13827

Peru

50 S. Main St.

Peru, N.Y. 12972

Rome

217 Erie Blvd. W.

Rome, N.Y. 13440

Rutland

14 N. Main St.

Rutland, V.T. 05701

Saranac Lake

156 Church St.

Saranac Lake, N.Y. 12972

Sherrill

87 E State St.

Sherrill, N.Y. 13461

South Watertown

1330 Washington St

S. Watertown, N.Y. 13601

Warrensburg

3836 Main St.

Warrensburg, N.Y. 12885

Watertown

22050 Seaway Shopping Ctr.

Watertown, N.Y. 13601

 

“We believe that this merger will be a positive for our membership, preserving union jobs and strengthening the company’s prospects into the foreseeable future,” said Frank DeRiso, president of the UFCW Local One. “We are pleased that we have an agreement with the new owner and they are committed to retaining all of the existing union jobs and contracts. We would like to thank the office of the NYS Attorney General, Senator Chuck Schumer and our UFCW International Union for their guidance, assistance and cooperation during this complicated process. This merger will benefit both consumers and union members.”

Blaine Bringhurst will serve as president of the Price Chopper/Market 32 business and John Persons as the president of the Tops Markets business. Dave Langless, the Chief Financial Officer of Tops, will serve as the parent company’s CFO.

Northeast Grocery, Inc. will be headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., as will Price Chopper/Market 32. Tops Markets will retain its main office in Williamsville, N.Y.

“Completing the details of this merger marks a major milestone for the management teams of both Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops,” said Grimmett. “And I’m confident that our teammates and associates are excited about it and will continue to deliver excellence.”

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