Mars Su­per Mar­kets to sell five Bal­ti­more County stores

Sale to Weis Mar­kets set for July

The Avenue News - - News - By NI­COLE ROD­MAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

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.

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