United Supermarkets, Market Street, and Amigos will soon be owned by Albertsons.
"I was pretty surprised when I heard they were buying it out."
"Particularly, I don't really like it."
A nearly century old supermarket chain will now have new ownership.
September 9 they announced Albertsons will purchase all United Supermarket stores, Including Market Street, Amigos, and United Express.
United's CEO, Robert Taylor, says its an unusual situation that they are fortunate to come across.
Taylor says, "we lack the financial engine and our ownership realized that. And they're giving us the opportunity to do more things for more people."
Matt Bumstead, the United Co-President says things will remain the same.
Bumstead says, "the family of today, the ownership of today, what we realized was most valuable of all by far, was that that culture and that mission and the vision, endure."
Albertsons is buying 51 United Supermarkets across Texas, including seven stores right here in Amarillo.
We reached out to the community and many were upset about the business move, but one guy says hes a fan of both supermarkets and isn't concerned.
"I like both of them. I shop at both of them. "
"I'd like to keep United the way it is. I really would."
Officials say once the deal is finalized in October United will operate as an independent business under Albertsons umbrella.
You may remember in March of 2007, the Albertsons stores on Washington and the one on Western closed their doors.
An Albertsons spokeswoman said back then that the reason was because the two were underperforming.
United officials released a statement earlier saying that no employees will lose their jobs because of the move.
And the stores will have the same names, and will work with the same companies as in the past.
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