Andronico's

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Andronico's Community Markets
Private/Grocery
Industry Retail
Founded Berkeley, 1929
Headquarters San Leandro, California
Key people
CEO Gary Barrett
COO Anthony Gilmore
CFO Cheryl Hughes
MOM Bridget Kwok
Products Organic produce, artisan bakery, prepared foods, catering, meat, seafood, liquor, wine, cheese, floral
Owner Renovo Capital
Website andronicos.com
Andronico's store at Berkeley

Andronico's Community Markets, known locally as "Andronico's", was a supermarket chain based primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its first store was founded in 1929 on Berkeley's Solano Avenue by Greek immigrant Frank Andronico.[1]

In late 2011, Andronico's filed for bankruptcy. A new group of investors has assumed management of the chain during the reorganization process.

In November 2016, it was announced that Andronico's approached Safeway, and Safeway agreed to buy Andronico's remaining stores. The stores began closing in January 2017, with the North Berkeley store closing first.[2]

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Andronico's first store opened its doors in 1929 at the Solano Ave Berkeley location by patriarch Frank Andronico.

Bankruptcy and reorganization[edit]

Andronico's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August 2011, In October 2011, the company was purchased by a private equity firm called Renwood Opportunities Fund, a partnership between Renovo Capital and Rosewood Private Investments.[3]

New management[edit]

Late in 2011 during reorganization, executives and buyers who once worked for Whole Foods Market have joined the management team of Andronico's. Justin Jackson, COO, manages the remaining five stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was originally hired as a consultant by Andronico’s after leaving Whole Foods. John Clougher, who was president of Whole Foods’ Pacific Northwest region, was chief executive officer of Andronico’s briefly before taking that title at A.G. Ferrari Foods, a local distributor owned by Renovo Capital, the Dallas-based firm that acquired Andronico’s out of bankruptcy last October. Bill Andronico, the grandson of the company’s founder and its former president and CEO, is chief administration officer.

Under the new ownership, Andronico’s stores were remerchandised — dropping approximately 7,000 slow-moving SKUs and replacing them with approximately 5,500 new items. Sales at Andronico’s reportedly improved nearly 10%.[4]

Locations[edit]

Andronico's had five locations, two in Berkeley, Solano and Shattuck Avenue, one in the El Rancho Center Los Altos, Irving Street San Francisco and Marin County's City of San Anselmo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  2. ^ http://www.andronicos.com/news.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Yu, Jaehak (2011-10-16). "Company saves Bay Area's AG Ferrari Foods, Andronico's from bankruptcy". Dailycal.org. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  4. ^ Jun. 18, 2012 Elliot Zwiebach (2012-06-18). "Supermarket News". Supermarket News. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 

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