Original Grocery Tenant: Big V ShopRite
Address: 675 Kidder St, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Closed: 2001Later Tenants: vacant, half now Ollie's Bargain Outlet
Photographed: December 22, 2018Gerrity's posts that Wakefern used to have a presence in the Wyoming Valley, actually as early as 1981 (not sure if they were here before that). I believe most of that presence was driven by member Big V, which also had a large presence in the Hudson Valley of New York. For a quick recap, they attempted to leave Wakefern around 2000, trying to simultaneously convince Wakefern they were going off on their own to avoid paying the penalty to leave while also having very public negotiations with Stop & Shop to sell the chain to them. Wakefern rejected their argument, required they pay the penalty to leave the coop, and that bankrupted Big V. Wakefern bought back most of Big V's assets (one store went to Stop & Shop), but some stores just closed. And Big V went under in 2001.
not particularly visible from the street must have been a couple too many strikes against this store for Wakefern.
That's all for this ShopRite, and in addition to the Gerrity's Fresh Grocers around the Wyoming Valley (plus a few Price Rites), there is now one ShopRite in the Valley, in Moosic. We're way at the eastern part of Wilkes-Barre here, just about a mile northwest of where the development gives way to wilderness (and route 81 is built right along that border). So now we're going to head west back towards town, to check out an independent supermarket in the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre on The Independent Edition!