People like shopping... whenever they want

neil golub progressive grocerWhile perusing Progressive Grocer recently*, we came across this interview with Neil Golub, the CEO of the company that owns Price Chopper.

A few bits that were interesting:

+ Ben and Bill Golub, who had been in the wholesale food business in Schenectady, set up their first retail store after checking out a market on Long Island in 1931.

+ The market they set up -- "The Public Service Market" -- opened in Green Island in 1932. (The first Central Market, which would become the name for their chain, opened in Schenectady in 1935.)

+ The company changed the markets' name to Price Chopper in 1973. It also made the switch to being open 24/7. Golub says sales went up 30 percent after making the switch to being always open.

The interviewed is embedded above. And here's more on Price Chopper's history from its website.

(Video of the interview is embedded after the jump. Caution: it auto-plays.)

* What, you're not reading Progressive Grocer?

Comments

I moved to NYC last year from Albany, and I miss Price Chopper! Upstaters may take The Chopper for granted, but the region is lucky to have a supermarket chain that is well-stocked, clean, accessible to all incomes, pleasant, and involved in the community. Our options down here for supermarkets are dirty and hardscrabble (Pathmark, C-Town), elitist and expensive (Whole Foods), or limited selection and crowded (Trader Joes).

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