Chatham Supermarket - Harper Woods MI

Address: Various
City: Harper Woods
State: MI
Zip: 48225
County: Wayne
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Chatham was started in 1947 by Peter Wiesberg. His first store (then known as "Chatham Village") was on Kelly Rd. in Harper Woods. Chatham was often compared to Kroger in size and selection. Typical of many grocery stores of its time, Chatham was unable to keep up with big-box grocery competitors, including Michigan-based Meijer. In 1980, Chatham tried the "warehouse outlet" idea that would come to dominate the industry. A sale of the chain was attempted in 1984 but fell through. Kroger subsequently purchased former Chatham locations after the chain went out of business.

In 1986, Chatham was then owned by Nu-Trax, Inc., headed by Wendell Smith. In March 1986, the company was purchased by Alex Dandy, a businessman who owned Hamady Brothers food chain in Flint, Michigan. Dandy illegally diverted assets of the company to his personal benefit, and Chatham was forced to file for bankruptcy in 1987. Dandy was convicted in 1991, of tax offenses, mail fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and obstruction of justice. He died in 2003.

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Chatham Supermarket - Logo (newer photo)
Logo (newer photo)
Chatham Supermarket - 1980 Article (newer photo)
1980 Article (newer photo)
Chatham Supermarket - 1987 Bankruptcy Case (newer photo)
1987 Bankruptcy Case (newer photo)
Chatham Supermarket - Aug 1986 Article On Labor Issues (newer photo)
Aug 1986 Article On Labor Issues (newer photo)
Chatham Supermarket - Feb 1977 Article On Objections To Consumers Panel (newer photo)
Feb 1977 Article On Objections To Consumers Panel (newer photo)
Chatham Supermarket - March 1984 Article (newer photo)
March 1984 Article (newer photo)
Chatham Supermarket - March 23 1987 Obituary (newer photo)
March 23 1987 Obituary (newer photo)
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