Schnuck Markets plans to acquire two Fricks Market Stores in Union and Sullivan, Missouri, according to a Monday press release.
The Union location’s last day as Fricks Market will be Oct. 23, and afterwards, it will close for three days and reopen on Oct. 27 under the Schnucks banner.
The Sullivan location will close during the same time period and will remain a Fricks Market operated by Schnucks until a nearby 23,000-square-foot Schnucks Fresh store is complete. An opening date for the Fresh store has not been announced, and it’s unclear what will happen to the Fricks store in Sullivan after the Fresh location opens.
Schnucks offered employment opportunities to all 66 Fricks Market employees, noting that workers at the two stores will continue to have union representation.
Fricks Market is a family-owned grocery company that was founded in 1960, Jennifer Newbanks, president of Fricks Market, said in Monday’s press release.
The acquisition comes as Schnucks continues to expand throughout its home state of Missouri and the Midwest with new store formats and partnerships with fellow grocers. The upcoming Sullivan store will be the second Schnucks Fresh to open after the grocer opened its first location under the new format this summer in Jasper, Indiana.
In addition, the deal with Fricks comes only a month after the grocer’s introduction of its new Schnucks Express format within an EatWell store in Columbia, Missouri.