Smaller Price Chopper Store Closing Next Month

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Price Chopper here is closing its 20,000-square-foot Sheridan Plaza store here on April 29, apparently because of the store's inability to stock the same range of products as larger Price Choppers.

Most of the Northeast retailer's stores measure from 65,000 to 85,000 square feet, and the performance of the much smaller store has been hampered by its size. Adding to the problem was competition from a Wal-Mart, but especially from four larger Price Choppers in Schenectady County, according to Price Chopper spokeswoman Mona Golub. With the closing of the Sheridan Plaza store, there will now be one Price Chopper store within the city limits of Schenectady.

When asked by Progressive Grocer whether enlarging the Sheridan Plaza Store was ever considered, Golub called such a plan an "impossibility," noting that the structure housing the store had been built in 1954 and wouldn't have been able accommodate that big an expansion.

Golub also said that the grocer has offered jobs at other stores to the 16 full-time and 26 part-time employees affected by the closing.

Despite the closing, the chain continues to expand, with 113 stores and plans to open locations in Champlain, N.Y.; Clinton County, N.Y.; Derby, Vt.; and Putnam, Conn. in the summer, and expansion or remodeling projects underway at stores in Bethlehem, Pa.; Johnstown, Pa.; and Utica, N.Y. noted Golub.
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