Central Grocers, Inc. Enters into Agreement to Sell 19 Strack & Van Til Stores to Jewel Foods Stores

By: Strack & Van Til Last Updated: May 16, 2017

Jewel Foods Stores to Serve as “Stalking Horse Bidder” in Court-Supervised Sale Process

All Strack & Van Til, Town & Country Market and Ultra Foods Stores Are Open and Serving Customers

Central Grocers Continues to Evaluate Proposals to Acquire its State-of-the-Art, 1,000,000 Square Foot Distribution Center in Joliet, Illinois, and its Six Additional Raceway Real Estate Assets

Central Grocers, Inc. (“Central Grocers” or the “Company”) today announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Jewel Foods Stores Inc. (“Jewel-Osco”), a subsidiary of Albertsons Companies, LLC., under which Jewel-Osco has agreed to purchase and will serve as the “stalking horse bidder” in a court-supervised sale process for 19 Strack & Van Til stores and for certain other assets. The 19 stores will be sold as going concerns. Jewel-Osco has agreed to interview and extend offers of employment to substantially all of the employees of the stores that are part of the transaction.

Central Grocers is continuing to evaluate proposals to acquire its state-of-the-art, 1,000,000 square foot distribution center in Joliet, Illinois, and its six additional Raceway real estate assets as it winds down its wholesale distribution operations. The three Ultra stores not included in the transaction are currently open and operating. The Company is continuing to pursue a sale of those assets. Any such asset sales will be conducted through a process authorized by the Bankruptcy Court.

All Strack & Van Til, Town & Country Market and Ultra Foods stores in Indiana and Illinois are open and serving customers. The Company continues to cooperate with its lenders and expects to have access to sufficient liquidity to continue operating its stores and winding down the distribution center in an orderly fashion.

The proposed Strack & Van Til store transaction is being undertaken pursuant to section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and is subject to higher or better offers. If other qualified bids are submitted, the Company will conduct an auction with the agreement with Jewel-Osco setting the floor for the auction process. The transaction is also subject to, among other things, Bankruptcy Court approval and certain other customary conditions.

A hearing in the Bankruptcy Court to approve proposed bidding procedures and the auction process is scheduled for June 2, 2017. Assuming court approval of the bidding procedures, the deadline for submitting qualified bids would be June 21, 2017. If any additional qualified bids are submitted, an auction would be held on June 26, 2017. A hearing to approve a sale will take place on June 23, 2017 if no other qualified bids are received and on July 10, 2017 if other qualified bids are received.

Stores Included in the Asset Purchase Agreement:

Additional Information

Court filings and other documents related to the court-supervised proceedings are available at a website administered by the Company’s claims agent, Prime Clerk, at Additional information is available by calling the Company’s Restructuring Hotline at (866) 727-8489 or by emailing

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is serving as legal counsel to the Company, Peter J. Solomon Company is serving as financial advisor, and Conway MacKenzie is serving as the chief restructuring officer.

About Central Grocers, Inc.
Based in Joliet, Illinois, Central Grocers, Inc. is a grocery cooperative that serves independent supermarket retailers in the Chicagoland area.

About Strack & Van Til
Strack & Van Til is a grocery retailer focused on providing high-quality products in a unique and inviting atmosphere with a high level of customer service. The company currently operates 22 stores in Illinois and Indiana under the banner names Strack and Van Til, Ultra Foods and Town & Country Market. SVT, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. The company is owned by Central Grocers, Inc.