SMOKY NO MORE Ken Looney has closed his Looney’s Southern Bar -B-Que at 2190 Bancroft Ave. after five years of operation. He closed it Dec. 11 because he could not come to acceptable terms with the landlord when his lease expired, according to an employee at one of Looney’s Oakland locations.
City officials are lobbying the owners of the soon-to-be-vacated Andronico’s on Telegraph to rent the building to another grocery chain rather than a pharmacy.
Starting in January, shoppers at Andronico’s Markets should start seeing upgrades in the chain’s remaining five stores, including new refrigeration cases, revamped displays, and shelves stocked with additional goods.
Andronico’s is closing its Telegraph Avenue store just a month after it shuttered its University Avenue location.
As Andronic's prepares to shutter its store on University Avenue, shoppers take advantage of the 50% discount on all dry groceries.
The new owners of Andronico’s Markets announced Monday that they will close the store at 1414 University Avenue, but will not shutter the other three locations in Berkeley.
After both declaring bankruptcy earlier this year, Andronico’s and A.G Ferrari have found a savior and look to be out of immediate crisis, according to Chronicle columnist Andrew Ross.
Andronico’s Markets, the 82-year old supermarket chain founded in Berkeley, filed today for bankruptcy in Oakland. Four of the seven existing Andronico’s stores are in Berkeley: on Telegraph, Shattuck, University and Solano (the original store, founded in 1929).
Berkeleyside yesterday reported on the financial difficulties that seem to be besetting Andronico’s, which has four supermarkets in Berkeley. Today, the family-owned company sent Berkeleyside a statement written by CEO Bill Andronico, announcing plans to recapitalize the company:
There are signs that Andronico’s, the local supermarket chain founded in Berkeley in 1929, faces some serious commercial problems. According to a recent report in the San Francisco Chronicle, a number of suppliers are having difficulties being paid. A commenter to Berkeleyside’s recent coverage on Monterey Market reported that two Andronico’s workers were talking about their pay checks being delayed.
[This story was updated on 4/19/11.]