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    Eight Big Bear stores may close in Ohio


    Big Bear closings

  • Here is a list of the locations of the Big Bear stores that The Penn Traffic Co. is seeking federal bankruptcy court approval to close:


  • Three stores in Columbus: 3680 E. Broad St.; 6867 E. Broad St.; 2700 Bethel Road.


  • Gahanna: 920 Hamilton Road.


  • Hilliard: 5419 Roberts Road.


  • Lebanon: 920 Columbus Ave.


  • Washington Court House: 300 Washington Square.


  • Wintersville: 100 Main St.


  • Charleston, W.Va.


  • Hurricane, W.Va.

    Other Penn Traffic stores to close are Bi-Lo Foods, P&C Foods and Quality Markets in Pennsylvania and New York. Source: The Penn Traffic Co.

  • SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- As part of its effort to eventually re-emerge from bankruptcy, The Penn Traffic Co. said Friday it wants to close 16 stores, including eight Big Bear stores in Ohio.

    The company wants to reduce its payroll by 1,035 jobs. None of the stores in Fairfield County will be affected.

    The regional grocer must first receive permission from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, which is presiding over its second Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in five years.

    "These 16 supermarkets were unprofitable or among our least profitable stores, and our analysis indicated that there was little or no potential for them to become more profitable in the future," said Steven Panagos, Penn Traffic's interim chief executive officer.

    Several of the stores targeted for closing opened or were remodeled since Penn Traffic emerged from its previous bankruptcy in 1999.

    "We believe, however, that these moves are necessary for Penn Traffic to exit Chapter 11 a stronger, more competitive company," Panagos said.

    Penn Traffic currently operates 211 supermarkets in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Its supermarkets operate under the names P&C, Big Bear, Quality and Bi-Lo. It has approximately 16,000 employees.

    Penn Traffic expects court approval for the closings by the end of October, said Marc Jampole, a spokesman for the company. The stores would be closed by the end of the year, he said.


    Originally published Saturday, October 11, 2003

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