Grand Union Timeline
1872 - Grand Union Tea
Company is founded in Scranton, PA.
1937 - David Pender Grocery Co. founded the Big Star Markets chain.
1940's - Big Star Markets stores are converted to the David Pender
Co.'s Colonial Stores banner.
1956 - Launches Grand
Way Department Stores.
1957 - Grand Union operates 381 stores.
1960 - One of the United State's 10 largest supermarket chains.
1968 - Colonial Stores re-launched the Big Star name as it launched
its discount grocery format stores.
1973 - 561 Stores - British corporate raider James Goldsmith
acquires Grand Union.
1977 - Grand Union becomes a privately held company.
1982 - Grand Union acquired Colonial Stores (Big Star Markets) (VA,
NC, SC and GA).
1984 - Grand Union sells its 10 Washington, DC area Basics Food
Warehouse stores to Food-A-Rama.
1984 - Company sells 46 of its Texas-based Weingartens Stores to
Safeway and closes the remaining 13 Weingarten Stores.
1985 - Grand Union sells its Florida stores to Tampa-based
Kash n' Karry
1985 - Grand Union exits the Washington, DC market.
1988 - Grand Union sells the Colonial Stores/Big Star Markets stores
in NC, SC and VA to Harris Teeter.
1987 - Grand Union becomes a publicly held company.
1998 - Grand Union sells its former Colonial Stores in VA, NC and Sc
to Harris Teeter.
1989 - Investment banker Gary Hirsch (Penn Traffic Co., Big Bear, P
& C Foods) acquired a portion of the Grand Union Company with
1992 - Grand Union sells its Colonial Stores/Big Star Markets stores in GA to
A & P.
1995 - Company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.(230
1996 - Grand Union emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and
Gary Hirsch relinquishes control of the company.
1998 - Grand Union is the 19th largest supermarket chain in the
United States with 221 stores and 2.5% of U.S. supermarket sales.
1998 - Company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June
and emerges in August.
2000 - Company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the
3rd time in 5 years.
2000 - 197 stores in CT, NJ, NY, PA and VT.
2001 - C & S Wholesale Grocers acquires Grand Union's 197 stores
with plans of selling them to other supermarket chains.
36 stores are purchased by Royal Ahold's Stop & Shop
20 stores are purchased by Royal Ahold's Tops
17 stores are purchased by Shaw's
6 stores are purchased by Pathmark
6 stores are purchased by Delhaize's Hannaford's
6 stores are purchased by CVS Pharmacies.
5 stores are purchased by Key Foods.
2 stores are purchased by Price Chopper.
1 store is purchased by Marshall's clothing stores.
48 stores closed.
51 remaining stores are operated by C & S Wholesale Grocers as GU
2005 - C & S's Grand Union Family Market acquired 12 Tops Markets in
New York. These stores were originally Grand Union
supermarkets which were acquired
by Tops in 2001.
2006 - Grand Union acquires 5 Tops Markets stores in Northeastern