GLENS FALLS — Residents disappointed that Price Chopper is closing its store at Cooper Street and Dix Avenue can take heart in the company’s plans for marketing the site.
“As soon as we close the store, we are going to start marketing it,” said Mona Golub, Price Chopper’s vice president of public relations and consumer services. “We are certainly not going to let it sit fallow. We want to sell the site.”
The store is scheduled to close July 29. It employs 33 people, all of whom have been offered jobs at other local Price Chopper or Market 32 stores.
The 2-acre site, along a busy street, is assessed at $1.1 million.
Golub said the company would have no problem with selling it to a company that wanted to keep it as a grocery store.
“There is a need there, but perhaps not as a full-service grocery store. Maybe as more of a convenience-type store.”
The Cooper Street store is the only Price Chopper in Glens Falls, but the company has a supercenter on Glen Street in Queensbury.
The Cooper Street store opened in 1962 and has been an institution in the city’s East End.
The company, which runs 134 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently opened two new Market 32 stores in Fort Edward and Clifton Park and is converting numerous other stores to the Market 32 brand.
Ed Bartholomew, president of the Warren County Economic Development Corp., said his group is continuing discussions with Price Chopper about the sale, the price of the property and other issues.
“One of the things we were wondering about was whether there would be a moratorium on selling it as a grocery store. Sometimes, you will see banks do that for a period of time,” Bartholomew said after Tuesday’s EDC board of directors meeting. “I just need to get final confirmation on that.”
Bartholomew noted Price Chopper has closed other similar stores. He said the company has also announced the closing of their store in Lee, Massachusetts, effective at the end of this month, and closed its North Adams, Massachusetts, store last year.
The Glens Falls store is less than 19,000 square feet, and the smallest Market 32 store the company has opened is 40,000 square feet, Golub said.
“Just as we do a market analysis on deciding whether to convert to a Market 32, we scrutinize the financials on other stores as well,” she said. “It is something we have to do.”
A petition calling for Price Chopper to keep the store open has gathered 265 signatures. The petition is at www.ipetitions.com/petition/saving-price-chopper-006.
Most grocery chains in the region have much larger stores than the Cooper Street site, but one chain that does run smaller stores is Tops Markets. Tops has its headquarters in Williamsville (Erie County) and employs more than 15,000 people at 173 supermarkets (five more are run by franchisees under the Tops banner) in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Massachusetts.
In this area, Tops stores are located in Corinth, Warrensburg, Chestertown, Bolton Landing and Hoosick Falls.
Officials at Tops did not return a telephone call for comment on interest in the Glens Falls site, but the company continues to expand, recently opening a new store in Angola (Erie County), at a site previously occupied by a Shurefine grocery store.