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 #550026-00048

Submission Number:
550026-00048
Commenter:
 HAMLIN
State:
New York
Initiative Name:
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
THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN 2 P&C STORES IN CORTLAND, AND NOW TOPS CAN'T HAVE 2 STORES. I HAVE NOTICED THAT PRICES HAVE GONE DOWN SINCE TOPS TOOK OVER. IS IT TRUE THAT THE FTC AUDITORS THAT VOTED ON THIS ARE ONLY IN THEIR MID 20S... STRAIGHT OUT OF LAW SCHOOL. THEY ALL NEED TO COME TO CORTLAND AND SHOP AROUND. STORES ARE GOING TO TAKE A BIG HIT IN SALES AS SOON AS THE SUPER WALMART OPENS IN CORTLAND. DO THEY KNOW THAT THERE IS ONE COMMING TO CORTLAND.... MOST STORES IN THE AREA ARE GOING TO TAKE A 20 TO 30 PERCENT LOSS OF SALES IN THE AREA WHEN WALMART OPENS. IT IS A SHAME THAT 5 GUYS CAN PUT SO MANY OUT ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE AND EFFECT 450 WORKERS AND THIER FAMILIES. I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN THE CORTLAND AREA A LONG TIME, THERE ARE ALDIS, SAVE A LOT, P&C, TOPS, PRICE CHOPPER, SHUR FINE IN HOMER. WITH WALMART OPENING UP IN CORTLAND, I DON'T SEE ANYONE WANTING TO PURCHASE A STORE IN THE SAME MARKET. THE CORTLAND P&C SHOULD REMAIN OPEN AS A TOPS OR A P&C STORE. AND THE UNION WORKERS THAT HAVE GONE THRU SO MUCH THIS PAST YEAR, CAN SUPPORT THIER FAMILIES. MOST WORKERS TOOK A PAY CUT, JUST TO HAVE A JOB, DOING THE SAME THING THEY DID BEFORE, BUT, LESS PAY. THAT IS WHERE THE FTC SHOULD BE CHECKING ON, HOW COMPANIES ACQUIRE AND GIVE LESS WAGES FOR THE SAME JOB. CHECK WITH THE WORKERS IN THE CORTLAND P&C, MOST FULL TIMERS LOST THIER VACATIONS, SUNDAY PREMIUMS, HOLIDAY PAY JUST TO SUPPORT THIER FAMILIES WITH LESS WAGES, THAT IS WHERE THE INVESTIGATION SHOULD BE... MOST PART TIMERS RECIEVED UP TO A DOLLAR RAISE, AND THE FULL TIMERS LOSS BETWEEN $2 TO $4 PER HOUR,PLUS HOLIDAY, ETC...PAY... THE WORKERS IN CORTLAND ARE WORKERS AND THAT IS WHAT SOMEONE SHOULD BE HELPING THEM OUT AND INCREASING THIER PAY... KEEP THE CORTLAND STORE PLEASE.........................