Mars Super Markets to sell five Baltimore County stores
Sale to Weis Markets set for July
Family-owned Mars Super Markets will sell five Baltimore County grocery stores — including two locations in Dundalk, as well as stores in Essex, Arbutus and Carney — to Pennsylvania-based Weis Markets.
The sale will be finalized in July; the locations will become Weis Markets.
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets operates 162 stores across the Mid-Atlantic, including 25 in Maryland.
With the acquisition of the five Mars locations, Weis will own nine stores in Baltimore County. Currently, Weis operates two stores in Perry Hall, as well as locations in Towson and Woodlawn.
The first Mars Super Market was opened by Joseph D’Anna in 1943 near the Mars Estates community in Essex. Today, Mars — still managed by the D’Anna family — operates 13 stores in Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties.
“We have strived to truly be a part of the communities we serve and are proud of our legacy for providing both quality and service. We are grateful for our loyal customers and for our associates who serve them,” Mars Super Markets chairman and CEO Chris D’Anna said in a statement. “As a family- owned business, we recognize Weis Markets as a company with a similar commitment to its communities, customers and associates. This was an extremely important consideration in our decision.”
For Jonathan Weis, Weis Markets chairman and CEO, the move is part of the company’s push to become a larger presence in Baltimore County.
“This is an important acquisition for us as we’ve been steadily expanding within Baltimore County in recent years,” Weis stated.
“We have great respect for Mars, the D’Anna family and their associates who have long-served the public as a locally-focused food retailer,” he added. “These are successful, well-run stores and we look forward to interviewing the associates of these stores for employment with our company.”
The fate of the eight other Mars locations was not made clear. A sale price was not disclosed.