Out with Food Lion, in with Weis

Makeover ex­pected for most stores by later this fall

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - DAR­WIN WEIGEL

Weis Mar­kets Inc., a Mid-At­lantic food re­tailer, an­nounced last week it has reached a defini­tive agree­ment with Food Lion LLC to pur­chase the as­sets of 38 Food Lion su­per­mar­ket lo­ca­tions op­er­at­ing in the states of Mary­land, Vir­ginia and Delaware. The pur­chase in­cludes a La Plata store and three in Prince Ge­orge’s County — Ac­co­keek, Mitchel­lville and Up­per Marl­boro.

“This trans­ac­tion pro­vides us the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand into mar­kets that are con­tigu­ous to our cur­rent trade area, par­tic­u­larly in Mary­land where we are adding 21 stores — es­sen­tially dou­bling our store count in a state where we have steadily grown in re­cent years,” Weis Mar­kets Chair­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO Jonathan Weis said in a re­lease. “We’re also look­ing for­ward to ex­pand­ing our op­er­a­tions into two ad­ja­cent states with the ad­di­tion of 13 stores in Vir­ginia and four in Delaware.”

The sale of the Food Lion stores was made nec­es­sary as part of a larger move ear­lier this sum­mer when Food Lion’s par­ent com­pany, the Bel­gian head­quar­tered Del­haize, and Gi­ant’s Dutch par­ent, Royal Ahold, com­pleted a $29 bil­lion merger cre­at­ing Ahold Del­haize. The Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion ruled that for com­pet­i­tive rea­sons, the new Euro­pean com­pany would need to sell some of its Food Lion stores that were in close prox­im­ity to Gi­ant su­per­mar­kets.

Weis Mar­kets ex­pects to com­plete the con­ver­sion process for the ma­jor­ity of these stores in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber and is in­ter­ested in hir­ing cur­rent Food Lion store teams for the pur­chased lo­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

“We look for­ward to in­ter­view­ing and hir­ing team mem­bers who share our com­mit­ment to of­fer­ing an in­dus­try-lead­ing com­bi­na­tion of value, qual­ity and cus­tomer ser­vice,” Weis said. The com­pany plans to com­plete the pur­chase of these lo­ca­tions pend­ing reg­u­la­tory ap­proval.

Other lo­ca­tions in South­ern Mary­land in­clude Cal­i­for­nia, Call­away, Lex­ing­ton Park, Lusby, Prince Fred­er­ick and Solomons.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Weis Mar­kets, go to WeisMar­kets.com.

STAFF PHOTO BY DAR­WIN WEIGEL

The La Plata Food Lion is one of the 38 lo­ca­tions that is be­ing pur­chased by Weis Mar­kets of Sun­bury, Pa. The tran­si­tion to the new own­ers is ex­pected later this year.

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