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Thu Dec 19, 2019, 10:44 AM

Shoppers Food is leaving 13 locations. Here's what is happening next.

Shoppers Food is leaving 13 locations. Here’s what is happening next.

By Rachel Chason
Dec. 17, 2019 at 3:56 p.m. EST

After nearly a year of uncertainty, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy’s parent company announced this month that it is selling 13 stores to other grocery chains and shuttering four locations in the Washington region. ... Employees and local officials protested that decision Tuesday, demanding new jobs for laid-off workers and new shopping options for residents as United Natural Foods Inc. — which bought Shoppers last year — considers plans for the chain’s remaining 26 locations.

UNFI, a major supplier for Whole Foods Market, is committed to reducing its retail footprint, chief executive Steven Spinner said in a statement this month announcing the sale of the 13 stores. ... North Carolina-based grocer Compare Foods will take over the Shoppers location in Landover, in addition to those in Coral Hills and Colmar Manor in Prince George’s County and two locations in Baltimore, said general manager Leo Pena. ... He said that Compare Foods will receive the keys to the stores around Jan. 10 and that the stores will open 30 to 45 days after that.

Pena said Compare Foods will offer “the same services as Shoppers, and more,” including free delivery. He said the store is considering renegotiating a contract with the union that serves Shoppers’ employees.

Lidl, a German grocery powerhouse that is rapidly expanding in the United States, plans to acquire six Shoppers locations, said spokesman William Harwood. Those sites are in Annapolis, Brooklyn Park, Oxon Hill, Takoma Park and Wheaton in Maryland and in Burke in Virginia.

Rachel is a metro reporter covering local politics. She has previously contributed to The Raleigh News and Observer, CNN Politics and USA Today. Follow https://twitter.com/rachel_chason

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