Submission Number: 550026-00087
Received: 8/21/2010 11:23:36 AM
Commenter: Rayne Butler
State: New York
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Tops Markets LLC, a limited liability company, Morgan Stanley Capital Partners V U.S. Holdco LLC, a limited liability company, and The Penn Traffic Company, a corporation. FTC File No. 101 0074
Attachments: No Attachments
Regarding the Penntraffic P&C store purchased by Tops Market in Cortland, NY, at the Riverside Plaza address. I disagree with your decision to require Tops to sell this particular store. This store is geographically separated from the stronger business district grocery stores in our county, and serves a market that is in desperate need of quality groceries at affordable prices as has been the case since Tops took over this store and started stocking the shelves from their warehouses instead of P&C's warehouses. When this store was operated by P&C, the prices were very high, and I had to drive another 5 or 6 miles to the other side of town to shop and receive competitive pricing. I have also recently began an new professional position here in Cortland, and am no longer commuting to another county, and I find the convenience and competitive pricing in the Riverside Plaza former P&C location to be a wonderful advantage to my family. Especially in light of gas prices these days as well.
Also, as a very heavy coupon shopper, and price comparison shopper, I strongly disagree that the new Super Walmart about to open on the other side of town will not be a strong competitor for all stores with similar products in our county. Walmart Superstores will match any grocery store product ad that customers bring for the identical product(s), in addition to accepting manufacturer's coupons just as Tops, Price Chopper and the former P&C does.
Please, let them keep this store for the sake of the people in Cortland County that live on the eastern side of the county, and want to enjoy some of the same conveniences afforded to those living on the western side.
Rayne P. Butler
Cornell University alumna