111/20/14 – 4:54 A.M.
A Findlay-based grocery store chain made a big move Wednesday. Fresh Encounter is buying the Chief Super Market chain of groceries. The Defiance-based company owns 11 stores in northwest and west central Ohio, including the Lima area. A release from Fresh Encounter says the Chief stores will continue to operate under their current brand. No sale price was disclosed.
The buyout of Chief means Fresh Encounter will now run 36 stores in Ohio and Indiana, and will employ around 2,200 people.
It doesn’t look like any stores will be closed. Fresh Encounter CEO Mike Needer Jr. says, “this is one of those rare instances when we can consolidate resources without sacrificing any retail operations.” Even though Chief Stores operate in the same region as Fresh Encounter, there is no overlap in retail locations.
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