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The Interview: Bill Sumas, vice chairman of Village Super Market Inc.

The Interview: Bill Sumas, vice chairman of Village Super Market Inc.

The closing of 25 Superfresh stores in the Baltimore area this summer meant new opportunities for other grocers looking to move to the region. One of those was the ShopRite chain, which opened stores last month in old Superfresh buildings in Timonium and White Oak. ShopRite is part of WakeFern Food Corp., a cooperative of companies that pool their resources to buy food at lower prices and thus have more money to spend on marketing. The New Jersey-based co-op includes 47 members that own more than 230 ShopRites in six states; it lists eight other stores in Maryland. The Sumas family, which opened its first supermarket in 1937, owns the newest locations. Four generations of the family...

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