by Mike Sula
Hogg's sons, who worked in the plant when they were younger, aren't interested in taking over when he's gone. But even though he's had chances to sell out, he's not ready to let Peerless join Kelly's, Chesty, and Mrs. Klein's in the graveyard of regional chippers. "Snyder's offered to buy, but all they wanted was the routes," he says. "They didn't want the building. Didn't care about employees, nothing. They just wanted our shelf space."Back then Peerless had a Chicago toehold at the Elston Avenue location of Strack & Van Til, the grocery chain owned by Peerless's main distributor, Central Grocers. But that outpost went under last spring. Hogg told the Times that Peerless gradually lost shelf space in northern Indiana, as Jewel-Osco and others stopped stocking the chips. With Central Grocers going bankrupt and Jewel in the running to buy out the remaining Strack & Van Til stores, Hogg "doesn't see any path forward for Peerless," the Times reported.