May 15, 2017
May 11, 2017 update
Here’s a column speculating about the reasons for the Central Grocers bankruptcy. I don’t necessarily agree with this bit of speculation — do you? I think that moving away from their core market and trying to keep up by remodeling, adding fancier new options, and raising prices was probably a contributing factor, actually.
May 4, 2017 update
Artie shares that Central Grocers has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is seeking a court-led auction of assets including its warehouse and Strack & Van Til stores.
This article from the Northwest Indiana Times dated May 4 says that the SVT parent company is expected to wind down in 6-8 weeks.
April 25, 2017 update
Deb shares that the Strack & Van Til parent company warehouse in Joliet is now up for sale.
April 18, 2017 update
Strack & Van Til just announced that they will be closing 9 more Ultra Foods stores in addition to the five stores closing mid-April. The nine Ultra Foods that will be closing by June 18 include:
- Chicago Heights
- Calumet Park
- Forest Park
- Gary (IN)
- Merrill Point (IN)
22 stores will continue to operate while Strack & Van Til explores the possibility of selling the stores it will have remaining.
Heads up for the Illinois/Indiana folks — This came up in the Hot Deals Facebook group today, and I just found an article confirming that several Ultra Foods and Strack’s stores are going to be closing:
- Ultra Foods Lombard
- Ultra Foods Downers Grove
- Ultra Foods on Kedzie in Chicago
- Strack & Van Til on Kedzie in Chicago
- Strack & Van Til at 72nd and Taft in Merrillville
This is sad but not completely surprising news: Ultra in Lombard has been like a ghost town any time I’ve stopped in there since their remodel. 🙁 I really do think that they misjudged their role in the Chicagoland grocery market when they remodeled stores, raised prices, and tried to go more upscale — they had their low-priced warehouse-y niche down, and totally lost their focus. Hopefully they’ll be able to regroup and keep their other stores open.