mbz321 wrote: ↑November 28th, 2023, 7:20 pm
(There was a small Asian hot bar running, but I have a feeling the staff there are not employed by the store).
Then there is the recently closed store in East Norriton that was sold off shockingly to Acme..you would have thought Brown (the owner)/Wakefern would have tried to get a different operator instead of selling to a competitor (maybe there were no takers?).
As for the Asian hot food, yes, typically the ShopRite Asian food bars are run by an outside vendor, as are the sushi counters.
And as for East Norriton, I'm unclear on the transition process. Did ACME directly purchase the store from Brown's? Or was it a combination of the lease coming to an end and Brown's choosing not to renew it, while ACME took over the lease from the landlord?
If ACME purchased the store from Brown's, taken alongside the Albany stores being sold to Price Chopper, it signals a major shift in Wakefern policy: in the past, the policy (as I understand it) was that any stores being marketed for sale had to be offered to other members first, then to SRS, and if neither was interested, the store was to be closed. That's how it's been done for a very long time. See by-laws from 2013 here.
These moves would signal that Wakefern seems to be increasingly open to selling stores to competitors, something they have avoided in the past. A shift like that could mean that, well, they're more open to selling stores to competitors because they expect to sell more stores to competitors in the future. Or it's not that important, and they're only doing this in a few isolated cases. I think it all comes down to the question of how well Wakefern is doing outside of their core area.