Shoppers Food & Pharmacy is moving ahead with plans to open a new store in Ellicott City next month now that a bankruptcy judge has approved its plans to take over the location now owned by Superfresh.

Shoppers expects to take over the store on North Ridge Road on July 7 and reopen on July 17. The pharmacy will stay open during the transition.


It will remodel the store during the summer.

The company said it was working with the local union to offer jobs to existing Superfresh employees.

Superfresh put 25 stores up for sale earlier this month as its parent company, A&P, reorganizes under bankruptcy protection.

It found buyers for 12 stores, but the deals needed the approval of a bankruptcy judge. The court approved the sale of two stores, the Ellicott City store and one in Westminster to its current landlord.

The court delayed a decision on the fate of 10 others in Maryland and the District of Columbia to a joint venture composed of natural foods chain Mrs. Green's Management Corp. and Village Super Market Inc. Two stores are in Baltimore, on Charles Street and on 41st Street, with the others in Parkville, Arnold, White Oak, Lutherville-Timonium, Cambridge, Chestertown, Brunswick and Washington.

The holdup stems mainly from an objection by the landlord of the Parkville store, Regency Centers LLC. The judge decided to give the landlord time to resolve its objection. Village Super Market would convert the White Oak and Lutherville-Timonium locations into ShopRite stores. It would pay $6.6 million for the leases, fixtures and assets of the two locations.

Mrs. Green's Management Corp., an organic grocery chain in the Northeast, would operate the remaining stores, according to A&P.

Unsold stores will be shut down.