A Giant Food supermarket and pharmacy in Windsor Mill will close next month after almost 60 years in business. The location at the corner of Milford Mill and Liberty roads will shut its doors for good on Aug. 16, Giant spokeswoman Felis Andrade said.
Andrade said in an email that Giant decided to close the store primarily because “new investment was not a practical alternative at this older or outdated location.”
“We believe other existing or new Giant stores will effectively service our customers currently shopping at this store,” Andrade said. She added that Giant will grow its staff at stores in Pikesville, Owings Mills and elsewhere.
The Windsor Mill store opened on March 2, 1959, Andrade said. She said closing the store “was a difficult decision.”
Kelsey Tyson, a pharmacy manager at the store, said managers have been told the company is unable to complete additional renovations to the store that it believed were necessary.
Baltimore County Councilman Julian E. Jones Jr., whose district includes the supermarket, said he tried to keep the store from closing down, but that company representatives told him there was nothing that could be done.
Jones said in a telephone interview Monday night that Giant plans to build a large, “brand new store” in the area.
“In the end, [customers] won’t be left high and dry,” he said.
Landover-based Giant operated 42 Baltimore-area stores in 2016.
Jones said Giant representatives would not give him a definitive answer when he asked if the company was planning to close other locations.
“When I don’t hear a solid answer, then I get concerned,” he said.
Andrade said in her email that the Windsor Mill store is the only one the company is “currently” closing. Giant did not immediately return a call late Monday night.
Tyson said customers’ prescription information will be transferred to the Giant location in Pikesville at 3757 Old Court Road, about three miles away, and customers can get it transferred to any other location.