Price Chopper recently signed a multi-year agreement with Sporting Kansas City to become the presenting partner of the Sporting Club Network.
Price Chopper is the newest of five "First Team" founding level partnerships for the 2013 MLS Cup champions. The locally owned company comes in as the club's official grocery partner and will take an ownership position in the youth soccer space.
"We have been looking for the right strategic partner for quite some time," said Jake Reid, chief revenue officer at Sporting Kansas City. "We are ecstatic to announce this marquee partnership with Price Chopper."
The Sporting Club Network provides a platform for Price Chopper to reach and support multiple organizations. The Sporting Club Network features 45 affiliates with more than 50,000 members in six states across the Midwest.
"Two of Price Chopper's core values are family and community," said Pete Ciacco, president of Price Chopper. "By partnering with Sporting KC, we are able to support Kansas City's young athletes and their families on a new level."
"Price Chopper is excited to join forces with Sporting KC," said Casie Broker, Price Chopper's director of marketing. "Our organizations share similar values of supporting those around us. We look forward to the good that this partnership will bring to the Kansas City community, Sporting KC and Price Chopper in the years to come."
"Price Chopper checks every box for our organization, when we look to form a relationship. The most attractive attribute for us is being a local, homegrown Kansas City company," said Jamie Guin, vice president of corporate partnerships at Sporting Kansas City. "We look forward to a long-lasting relationship with Price Chopper and its entire ownership group."
Price Chopper's 51 stores are locally owned by the Ball, Bresette, Cosentino, McKeever, and Queen families, all of whom live in Kansas City and oversee store operations on a daily basis. For 34 years, the owners and employees of Price Chopper have been committed to providing the highest quality products and top-of-the-line customer service to the thousands of customers they serve every day. For more information, visit www.mypricechopper.com.
Sporting Kansas City is owned by a group of local Kansas City business and community leaders including Neal Patterson, Cliff Illig, Pat Curran, Greg Maday and Robb Heineman. The club prides itself on its commitment and vision to provide high-performance entertainment and consumer experiences. Sporting Club purchased the team from the Hunt Sports Group in 2006, and under their direction have opened a world-class training center at Swope Park and state-of-the-art Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., while investing in the Sporting KC Academy for developing local youth into homegrown talent. Sporting Kansas City was crowned MLS Cup champions in 2013, claiming a second league title in the team's 18-year history as a charter member of Major League Soccer. The team is also a two-time winner of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and will represent Major League Soccer in the CONCACAF Champions League in 2014.