Merger’s impact on local stores uncertain
With the announcement of the merger of Royal Ahold NV and the Delhaize Group, the respective parent companies of Martin’s Food Markets and Food Lion, residents in areas where both chains are available are left to wonder what that will mean for their grocery shopping experience.
The Northern Shenandoah Valley is one such region. Within the three counties of Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren, as well as the City of Winchester, there are 10 Food Lion grocery stores. There are five Martin’s Food Markets in the area — three in Winchter, one in Stephens City and one in Front Royal.
It is not known at this time whether one brand will overtake the other or if any stores will close. In an email message, Delhaize America Director of External Communications and Community Relations Christy Phillips-Brown said, “Both companies bring strong, trusted local brands to Ahold Delhaize. Ahold Delhaize’s retail stores will continue to operate their existing brands. It is too early to comment on specifics regarding stores before a full integration plan has been put together.”
Managers of several of the local stores declined to comment on the announcement. However, one did state that they had been receiving communication from the corporate level regarding the merger.
Contact staff writer Hilary Legge at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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