According to a Supermarket News report in late January, Albertsons has dropped its pursuit of Price Chopper, which is headquartered in upstate New York. It had been reported in late 2016 that Albertsons was in “advanced talks” to purchase the supermarket chain for about $1 billion.

It is likely that Price Chopper will continue to seek avenues for new investment, but a strategic acquisition is now unlikely, according to a Supermarket News source.

Strategic Resource Group’s Burt Flickinger anticipates that the 135-store chain would seek alternative means of financing such as sale-leasebacks or a family investment in partnership with private equity.

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