Price Chopper didn’t take kindly to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s portrayal of their deceptive practices agreement today, saying he is misleading the public on the settlement and how it advertises its double coupons.
“We were appalled and disappointed by the inflammatory press release distributed earlier today by the New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG), as its portrayal of Price Chopper’s conduct is false, misleading and inaccurate in significant respects, and is not supported by the Assurance of Discontinuance (AOD) to which Price Chopper agreed,” the Schenectady-based supermarket chain said in a statement.
The company said that the agreement with Schneiderman makes no assertion that it intentionally acted to harm customers or cost them savings.
“We’ve been in direct contact with the OAG to express our concerns and are awaiting their response,” the company said.
The agreement, the company said, states that Price Chopper was inconsistent in advertising that its double coupon policy limited the total savings to 99 cents during select weeks in June 2011, January 2012 and April 2012 in Syracuse and Cortland.
“Our decision to sign this agreement was reached after considering the likely cost of alternative actions, and because settling the matter will allow us to focus on serving our customers, including offering double coupons up to 99 cents in all 130 of our stores,” the statement concluded.