A Grocery Chain Now Announces An Unexpected Closure

A grocery chain now announces an unexpected closure of three of its stores in the same county after now longer being profitable.

Maryland shoppers will have three fewer supermarkets in a single county after a popular grocery chain said it was no longer profitable to stay there, reports The-Sun.

The popular chain announced that it would be closing three locations in St. Mary’s County next month, according to Southern Maryland News Net.

Shoppers have until April 27, 2024, to pick up their favorites from the shop while employees can expect to keep working until May 10, 2024.

The closures were announced by the store’s Vice President of Operations, Jeff Bleichner.

The following three locations will be affected:

  • 22599 MacArthur Blvd, California, MD 20619
  • 37670 Mohawk Drive, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
  • 40845 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown, MD 20650

Shopper’s Grocery regularly reviews the sales and profits of its stores and decided that the above three locations were not up to company standards, the VP said.

Bleicher reportedly added that the company understands that the closures will have an impact on the community and its employees but is doing what it can to ease the transition.

The grocery chain operates 57 locations in Maryland, Northern Virginia, Delaware, and Washington D.C.

“Shoppers offers a full-service supermarket with everything consumers have come to expect from a grocer while never forgetting our ‘Everyday Low Warehouse Pricing’ roots,” according to its website.

The company began in 1949 as Jumbo Food Stores and became United Natural Foods in 1999.

The chain took over many former McKay’s shopping centers when that company headed out of the state.

Some store fans said they were concerned about the closures and whether the chain will survive.

In a post entitled “Is Shoppers going to make it?” on a Maryland online forum, several people posted their fears for the store.

“I was just in there. Day before Easter mid-afternoon and there were about 20 people in the store,” one person wrote.

“If you are talking about Shoppers in Charlotte Hall, I was there when it first opened and have never been back. I found them to be way expensive! The store was not crowded,” another added.

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More massive retailers are now closing in California due to a rise in crime with its governor announcing of a possible solution.

Fast-food and retail chains are pulling out of a major California city plagued by mass lootings, car break-ins, and gunpoint robberies, reports The US Sun.

Community leaders in Oakland are desperate for solutions after Target, Starbucks, and Taco Bell all shuttered locations due to rising crime rates.

Crime has steadily declined in major California cities since 2020, but Oakland continues to have disturbing rates with no clear end in sight, reports the outlet.

The San Francisco Bay city has made headlines for seeing mass lootings where crowds of masked thieves boldly plunder local businesses, leaving owners in a constant state of fear.

Car theft has become so prevalent that locals are leaving their empty vehicles unlocked with the trunks ajar so criminals won’t bash their windshields in to sift through their belongings.

Last year alone, robbery jumped up 38% and burglaries increased 23%, according to police data seen by ABC affiliate KGO.

In an effort to make a dent in the alarming rates, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced last week that 480 surveillance cameras would be installed throughout the city.

Here’s a timeline of retailers who have pulled out of Oakland, California:

  • In May 2023, a Whole Foods shuttered
  • Also in May 2023, a Nordstrom closed
  • In September 2023, Target announced that three stores in the Bay Area would close
  • In October 2023, Starbucks announced that seven stores are shutting down in San Francisco and Oakland
  • In March 2024, multiple Taco Bell dining rooms closed due to crime
  • Also in March 2024, an In-N-Out Burger closed after 20 years of business

While local leaders look for solutions, retail chains continue to pull out of the city in 2024.

Last week, In-N-Out Burger shuttered its Oakland location after nearly 20 years of business and cited crime as a motivating factor.

It was the first outlet that the California-based chain had closed since its inception in 1948.

Fans took to social media to mourn the closure and ask when the so-called retail apocalypse would end.

“So sad. Once upon a time, Oakland was the place to be and live,” one local said.

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