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Rofo Genuardi's to Close

The grocery store will close its doors after a Thursday announcement that some Genuardi's will be bought by Giant and others will outright close.

Turns out there is some truth to those rumors.

The Royersford on Buckwalter Road will be closing its doors.

GIANT Food Stores of Carlisle has entered into an agreement with Genuardi’s Family Markets, a subsidiary of Safeway Inc., to acquire 16 Genuardi’s stores in the Greater Philadelphia area for $106 million.

With Giant in such close proximity to the Royersford Genuardi's, Safeway Inc. decided to close the doors to the location. Other closures include Exton and Norristown.

The sale includes the Pennsylvania locations in Springfield, Jamison, Newtown, Langhorne, Chalfont, West Chester, East Marlborough, St. Davids, Wynnewood, Flourtown, Huntingdon Valley, Spring House, King of Prussia, Maple Glen, Roslyn and North Wales.

“GIANT is always looking for convenient locations to better serve our customers,” said Rick Herring, president, GIANT Food Stores. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to expand our presence in greater Philadelphia and serve new customers. We look forward to providing customers with the quality, selection, and savings that they have come to expect from GIANT.”

Upon completion of the sale, GIANT plans to convert the former Genuardi’s stores into GIANT Food Stores. Employment opportunities with GIANT will be made available to Genuardi’s associates in these stores. Additional details regarding the conversions will be announced at a later date.

The sale is currently expected to close within the first half of 2012, subject to customary closing conditions, including expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart- Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.


About GIANT Food Stores
Headquartered in Carlisle, Pa., GIANT Food Stores is a leading retail grocer in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia with more than 180 stores, operating under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets and employing over 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. GIANT Food Stores was awarded the 2010 Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its leadership in the fight against hunger. In addition, GIANT Food Stores is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit www.GiantFoodStores.com and www.MartinsFoods.com.

Tom Thunstrom January 05, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Trader Joe's or Whole Foods would be great in that spot. Hopefully either of those (or whoever goes in ultimately) would be able to rehire some of the employees whose jobs are due to be lost due to the Genuardi's closure...
Mike Hays January 05, 2012 at 11:34 PM
There was a rumor several years ago that Trader Joe's was interested in the Trappe space where Super Fresh used to have a store. Either Whole Foods or Trader Joe's would be welcome in either that location or Royersford. The old Acme space in Collegeville is still available too. With Gold's Gym gone and now Genuardi's, how is this shopping center going to survive?
Local Yocal January 05, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Redners.. watch and see
Valerie Crawford January 06, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Genuardi's...Sears in Coventry Mall... Kodak filing for bankruptcy... :-(
Stephen Eickhoff January 06, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Well, we could just scrap the whole strip mall idea and build an amusement park! Has anyone thought of that?
Stephanie Mccarraher January 08, 2012 at 09:21 PM
From an old genardis employee from the store closed safeway did not care about us like the genardis brothers did. I think its just sad because everyone is losing their full-time jobs in this econmy and their only hiring part time every where and for those who worked for genardis are losing everything they have. I should know i was a full-time food manager and now im just a part-time deli person with low income to support my family.
Len Faulkner Jr January 08, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Stephen.... I like your direction of thought. Perhaps it could be called "Lakeview" ! Ah, for the good ol' days!
Rofo_Rec January 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Definitly won't become another Giant ... will become sale or lease property ..
Lindsey Krick-Fox September 26, 2013 at 02:46 PM
If you are interested in seeing a whole foods, like I am, go to their website and request for them to open one. I did. http://wholefoodsmarket.com/customer-service Maybe if they get enough request they will consider.

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