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Five former Maryland Food Lion stores will re-open as Weis Markets on Friday

Weis Markets will reopen five former Food Lion stores under the Weis banner Friday, part of Weis' conversion of 38 Food Lion locations in the Mid-Atlantic.

The stores are in Columbia, Elkridge, Mitchellville and at two sites in Gaithersburg.

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The Sunbury, Pa., grocer also said Monday it has opened full-service pharmacies in three of its locations in Essex and Dundalk, all former Mars Super Markets locations.

Last week, Weis finalized the purchase of the 38 former Food Lion stores in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware and plans to convert all to the Weis banner by the end of October. The purchase will nearly double Weis' presence in Maryland, said Kurt Schertle, Weis' chief operating officer. The grocer plans to hire more than 2,000 current Food Lion workers.

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"Our goal is to build on our advantages as a locally focused retailer that offers a strong combination of quality, value and service," Schertle said in the announcement.

On Friday, Weis opened former Food Lion stores in Owings Mills, Eldersburg, Reisterstown, Cumberland and Frostburg after converting them.

The supermarket chain will offer more than 3,000 Weis-brand products and local growers' produce, meat and dairy products.

The Food Lion purchases mark the second acquisition for Weis this year. Weis bought five former Mars Super Markets in Baltimore County and reopened them as Weis stores in August.

The grocer opened the full-service pharmacies Monday in the former Mars stores in Essex, and on Wise Avenue and Holabird Avenue in Dundalk. Weis also bought and converted Mars stores in Carney and Arbutus.

Mars, a 13-store, family-owned chain, went out of business July 31.

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com


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