Central Pa. Grocery Scene ‘Major Battleground’ as Giant Buys Family-Owned Chains

From time to time, Mike Pronio receives letters requesting to buy the property where his family’s 100-year-old grocery store operates in Hershey.

The offers from brokers don’t stand a chance.

“I throw them in the trash,” Pronio said.

While he confesses business is tougher than ever, the third-generation owner said he is committed to Pronio’s Market, founded in 1919 by his grandparents.

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