Back some years ago, Price Chopper came to St Joseph and purchased the 3 Food-4-Less stores in town.
There was one in the old Safeway store at 23rd & Mitchell, one at Pear & Belt Highway and one in the Commerce Bank lot at Frederick and 36th Street.
They did nothing but restock the stores. There were no modifications made to any of the stores. My wife and I were not impressed at all. The next thing we knew, Price Chopper pulled out and Apple Market took over the 3 stores.
I don’t remember how long their stores were open, maybe a year or so. According to my wife, the stores were not up to normal Price Chopper standards. My wife has been in a Price Chopper in Kansas City and she said that our stores were nothing like the one in Kansas City. She thought the Kansas City store was even nicer than our new Hy-Vee (which is a super nice store).
I have never heard why they left town, was Price Chopper just testing the market here? Does anyone know what the deal with Price Chopper was exactly? I would love to know.
So now I read in today’s St Joseph News Press that Price Chopper is considering purchasing the Plaza 8 theaters located at 2219 North Belt and is considering building a new store at that location. Sounds like a good deal to me. I really wish Kroger or Safeway would come back but I will settle for a nice Price Chopper store. Competition always helps in keeping food prices lower.
For those who do not get the St Joseph News Press, below is the St Joseph News Press article regarding this possible deal:
A local real-estate official is pushing forward with plans to bring a Price Chopper grocery store to St. Joseph.
Ray Sisson with Coldwell Banker General Properties met with Buchanan County officials Tuesday to discuss the possibility of working with the city on a joint venture.
Clint Thompson, director of Planning and Community Development with the city, previously confirmed that Price Chopper is looking at opening a new location in town.
Plaza 8 Theater currently sits on the property in question.
City officials have met with Van Trust Real Estate of Kansas City, and Mr. Sisson, on multiple occasions to discuss incentives. The entire project hasn’t moved past early negotiation phases and, David Lacey, a representative with Van Trust, previously stated that there was nothing to report because “it is just too early to know anything.”
“The city staff has reviewed (the project) and done its due diligence,” Mr. Thompson said. “We look at a list to see if there is any match. The city reviews each project to ensure the best use of taxpayer funds.”
There was no official word on whether or not the city has granted or denied Price Chopper any incentives.
Mr. Thompson said city staff members agreed to not speak publicly about the project because they had been asked to keep it confidential.
“We want (the commissioners) to participate with the vision of redeveloping the property,” Mr. Sisson said at the county’s meeting, which was open to the public.
There are many different options for the project, from tax-increment financing to bonds that create certain savings for the project, he said.
All three commissioners agreed they would attend a work session with city officials regarding the development. Mr. Sisson said he plans to arrange that meeting after the Aug. 6 election.