A Grand Union supermarket is expected to be operating in the Binghamton area within the next three months as the result of a big merger involving two major store owners in upstate New York.

The Tops supermarket in Owego is to be rebranded as a Grand Union store early next year as a New Hampshire company takes ownership of the business.

C&S Wholesale Grocers is acquiring the Tioga County store and ten other Tops units in connection with the merger of Tops and Price Chopper.

The merger plan, which was announced last February, was finalized this week. Price Chopper and Tops are to continue operating with current names under a newly-named entity called Northeast Grocery Inc.

The Tops store on Route 17C is one of only two large Owego supermarkets. The other is a Price Chopper store located about two miles west of the Tops unit.

Regulators were concerned that the merger could adversely affect competition in some communities, prompting the spinoff of the 12 Tops stores.

Among the other Tops locations to be rebranded as Grand Union are stores in Norwich, Cortland and Cooperstown. The name changes are to be rolled out in January and February.

Grand Union stores were commonplace in several Broome County communities for decades. Local Grand Union supermarkets closed nearly 20 years ago.

A Grand Union supermarket on Main Street in Johnson City in an undated photo. (Provided by Broome County Public Library)

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