Picketers have been standing outside Price Chopper for the past two days. Marc Micare, a subcontractor who worked on the project, said the goal of the picket is to pressure Price Chopper into pressuring WP Realty to compensate the workers.
"We do a lot of work for the Town of Colonie," Micare said, of the disappointment he has with the way this situation has been handled.
Tuesday morning, Kronau told The Spotlight that aside from what is owed by WP Realty, Price Chopper actually owes him about $320,000, which he said they had hinted that they would not pay as long as the pickets continued. Price Chopper had hired the contractors separately to work on the exterior quicker to ensure that the store could be opened by June 1.
"They kind of hinted that there will be problems getting the check if we're out here," he said.
Vice President of Public Relations and Consumer Services Mona Golub said Tuesday morning that allegation was completely false.
"That is not my understanding at all," she said. "We have paid all of our contractors that we have working inside the store. We don't owe a single contractor money."
Golub said Price Chopper is aware of the contractor's concerns and that Price Chopper had offered to help, though she stressed that the issue has nothing to do with the supermarket.
"It's an issue between the landlord, the financer, and to my understanding, the contractor," she said. "We offered to try and help yesterday, but [we] wish that the contractor had tried to reach out to us before yesterday."
When asked if Price Chopper had been in contact with WP Realty, Golub said she did not know, but that, "I'm sure our construction and engineering folks have that situation handled."
But as of press time, Tuesday, The Spotlight received a call from Kronau saying Price Chopper has paid him the money they owed his company, despite the picket.