The news release did not say why the Grand Forks site was not part of the sale and ended, and…
The news release did not say why the Grand Forks site was not part of the sale and ended, and it did not say what would happen to the employees there. Hornbacher took over 60,000 square feet of space in Grand Forks from Super One Foods and originally opened in October 2015 as a 24-hour grocery store. It eventually ends in hours, stays open at 6 o’clock to midnight seven weekdays.
Hornbachers encountered Grandforks competition from locally owned rival Hugo’s Family Marketplace, founded in 1939, as well as Target and Walmart. More competition entered the Grand Forks market when natural grocery stores opened in 2016 at 1901 32nd Ave. S.
Herald could not reach Hornbacher’s corporate office on Friday night for comment.
Supervalu announced in July, he sold to United Natural Foods Inc. in a $ 2.9 billion deal that included the company’s debts and liabilities. 1
9659002] Chris Coborn, Chairman, President and CEO of Coborns, said Friday at a press conference in Fargo he was interested as soon as he heard that UNI hoped to sell Hornbacher’s stores.
“When we found out that Supervalu was serious about the opportunity to sell in the Hornbacher brand, which we have learned and respect enormously, we would get it as fast as we could,” he said.  Chad Ferguson, Head of Retail at Supervalu, stated that UNI was interested in wholesale business, but not “retail”.
What would become known as the Hornbacher chain of grocery stores began in 1951 when Ted Hornbacher opened Ted’s Supervalu at Eighth Street and First Avenue South in Moorhead. It moved later to 101 11th St. S.
Supervalu bought the chain in 1975. Hornbacher employs around 1,200 employees throughout their company.
Coborns is a 97-year-old food retailer with nearly 8000 employees and 53 stores in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Herald reporter April Baumgarten contributed to this report.