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Need2Know: Albertsons rumor; brewing kits at Batterman’s Auction; Prescott JCPenney honored

A typical Albertsons store in Boise, Idaho. (Creative Commons Image by Wikimedia Commons)

A typical Albertsons store in Boise, Idaho. (Creative Commons Image by Wikimedia Commons)

Is Albertsons returning to the Quad Cities?

A rumor has been circulating around the quad-city area that Albertsons will be re-leasing/re-purchasing its old stores in Prescott and Prescott Valley and rehiring old employees now that the Haggen bankruptcy court proceedings have concluded.

When asked if there is any legitimacy to this rumor, Nancy Keane, Public Affairs & Government Relations spokesperson with Albertsons and Safeway, said: “Unfortunately I’m not able to respond to your questions.”

The same question was posed to Dan Frederiksen at Arizona Commercial, the real estate management company in charge of finding a tenant to fill the old Albertsons space in Prescott. He said he has heard the same rumor, but does not know of any such dealings.

“I believe we would have heard, but there may be something I don’t know,” Frederiksen said.

He said there has been interest in the property from several groups. However, no deals have been made, so he could not share what groups those are.

Heidi Dahms Foster, Community Relations Coordinator for the Town of Prescott Valley also looked into the rumor by checking with the town’s economic and business permitting staff, but said no one has received anything from the grocery store.

Albertsons did recently release a list of 14 stores it will be taking back from Haggen following a bidding process, but none of them are in Arizona.

New at Batterman’s Auction

The auction house and retail gallery located at 400 W. Gurley St. in Prescott has added beer & wine making kits to its stock of items.

The kit includes a full line of supplies: yeast, hops and bottle caps.

Free demonstrations are being offered on occasion. Call 928-445-6787 for dates and times.

The business is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Healthy housing in Prescott Valley, Chino Valley

Prescott Valley and Chino Valley have been ranked as having two of the healthiest housing markets in Arizona, placing third and fourth.

SmartAsset, a New York financial technology company, conducted the nationwide study.

It based its results by measuring the average number of years residents spend in homes, home values, ease of sale, and the costs associated with ownership.

Placing first and second in the study were Sun City West and Sun City.

To see the full study, go to

Prescott JCPenney receives prestigious company award

JCPenney at Prescott Gateway Mall was recently honored with the Founder’s Award – the Company’s highest distinction for excellence – at a special event held at Belo Mansion in Dallas, Texas, on March 16.  

At the ceremony, Marvin R. Ellison, chief executive officer, and Joe McFarland, executive vice president of stores, presented Prescott general manager, Kelly Bodine, with a commemorative plaque in recognition of the store meeting or exceeding all performance goals, according to a news release.  

Only 102 of approximately 1,000 stores, six out of 52 districts and three out of 13 supply chain facilities received the coveted award.

“I’m proud of our team of dedicated associates who are committed to delivering excellent service and an engaging store environment that compels customers to return time and time again,” Bodine said. “We are truly honored to receive this Company recognition on behalf of our Prescott shoppers, who have trusted us with their loyalty and continued patronage. We look forward to another successful year in 2016.”

The Founder’s Award is presented to teams across the organization that excel in the areas of financial performance, customer and client service and business expertise.

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