Price Chopper: No expansion planned

MANCHESTER - Price Chopper has no plans to expand its store at the Manchester Shopping Center Plaza.

A discussion about a reconfiguration of the plaza, located on Depot street, that had been added to the agenda of the town's Development Review Board for Wednesday, Feb. 20, has been put on hold for the moment.

A letter from Ellis Speath Engineering filed at the town hall on Feb. 11 regarding proposed changes to the shopping center called for a demolition of 21,200 square feet of the existing building "at the northerly wall of the Price Chopper store," then adding onto the northerly wall about 20,700 square feet. The letter stated that this would "about double the size of the existing Price Chopper store."

The discussion with the DRB had been slated as an informal discussion. No binding action would have resulted from that discussion. Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer and marketing services for Price Chopper, said that Price Chopper did not know a proposal was made to the Town of Manchester and they did not request it.

"While Price Chopper is always looking for opportunities to better serve our customers in all 130 locations across six states in which we do business, we do not currently have any plans to expand our Manchester store," Golub stated in a letter to The Journal.

Golub said Price Chopper had received some initial sketches from prospective buyers of the plaza to change the building, but they were not involved in any new design.

"Several prospective purchasers of the plaza have apparently proposed expansion plans to our Manchester store in recent months, none of which have been commissioned, authorized, or committed to by Price Chopper," said Golub.

Manchester town records list Manchester Holdco S.c.LLC as the owner of the plaza and no contact information could be found on Feb. 18 due to the Presidents day holiday. Town offices were closed.

The discussion for the proposed expansion was submitted by Crosspoint Associates, headquartered in Natick, Mass. They specialize in the ownership, management, and development of supermarket anchored retail properties, community shopping centers, mixed use properties and office properties throughout New England, according to their website.

Due to the President's Day holiday, neither Jonathan Hueber, the director of Acquisitions and Leasing for Crosspoint Associates, or Ellis Speath of Ellis Speath Engineering, who had submitted a letter to the Manchester planning and zoning department about proposed changes at the Manchester Shopping Center Plaza, were able to be reached for comment before press time on Wednesday.

Correction: This article corrects an earlier inaccuracy in a story which was published in last week's Journal and posted to the Web site. Ellis Speath was initially identified as Price Chopper's engineer, but that was incorrect. Additionally, Mona Golub did return a phone call seeking comment on Price Chopper's plans for a potential enlargement of their store at the shopping center prior to press time on Wednesday, but due to an editing error, that was not included in the original story. Apologies all around.


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