The Fresh Grocer, known to students on campus as "FroGro," might be on its way out at Penn.
The University of Pennsylvania is contesting Fresh Grocer's right to renew its lease after the grocery store "failed to exercise its renewal right in a timely manner," a spokeswoman for the school said. The move would require the chain to vacate the 40th and Walnut location where it has operated since the spring of 2001.
The school says it sought proposals from a number of grocery store chains, including Fresh Grocer, to "identify an operator who would provide the best urban grocery store to support the Penn and local community going forward."
According to the spokeswoman, Penn has selected another operator and is now working on "a smooth and orderly transition."
A spokesperson from Fresh Grocer told the Daily Pennsylvanian that the new operator would be Acme.
An Acme spokeswoman confirmed the chain has been in talks with Penn about operating at that location, but didn't say if a final deal had been reached. A move could happen as soon as March.
Officials at the Fresh Grocer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The news of Fresh Grocer's potential departure comes just a month and a half after the store was approved to sell wine, thanks to a bill signed into law over the summer loosening Pennsylvania's liquor laws. It has sold beer at the location for over a year.
Fresh Grocer has five other locations in city, including a new 57,000-square-foot location that opened earlier this month in the former Pathmark at 3021 Grays Ferry Ave.