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D.C. region braces for closure of Shoppers stores

Rebecca Cooper
D.C. region braces for closure of Shoppers stores

Shopping centers across the D.C. area are bracing for the impending closure of most of Shoppers Food & Pharmacy stores as the chain’s parent company gets out of the retail business.  Some of the Shoppers stores have already been taken over by Giant, and some others are expected to sell to other grocery outlets, though there’s little information available at this time on which stores will be sold and when that will happen. UNFI acquired Shoppers’ former parent company, SuperValu, in October, but SuperValu had already been shifting its focus to wholesale before the combination.  The changes will have a significant impact on the D.C.-area grocery business, however, given that there are 36 Shoppers stores across Greater Washington and Baltimore. In terms of market share, Shoppers is the fifth largest grocer in the D.C. region.