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Weis Markets converts two more former Food Lions in Maryland

Weis Markets Inc. will re-open two former Food Lion stores in Maryland under the Weis banner Friday.

The stores in Edgewater in Anne Arundel County and Upper Marlboro in Prince George's County are among those Weis is converting after acquiring 38 Food Lions in three states this summer. Weis also re-opened former Food Lions this month in Columbia and Elkridge.

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The purchase of Food Lions in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware was the second acquisition this year for Weis. The Sunbury, Pa.-based, family-owned chain also bought and converted five former Mars Super Markets stores in Baltimore County in August. Baltimore-based Mars went out of business in July, closing its 13 stores.

Weis acquired the Food Lion supermarkets as Food Lion owner Delhaize Group and Giant Food parent company Koninklijke Ahold sought approval of their July merger from antitrust regulators. The Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general in Maryland and five other states required the parent companies to sell off 76 stores nationwide to satisfy those concerns, including 26 in Maryland. Weis purchased 21 of the Maryland Food Lions.

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