SUNBURY, Pa. (Sept. 13, 2016)—Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK), a Mid-Atlantic food retailer, today announced plans to convert 38 Food Lion supermarket locations to Weis Markets stores. The Company has completed the purchase of these locations operating in the states of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, and plans to complete the conversion process by the end of October.
"Once the conversions are completed over the next two months, we will have nearly doubled our Maryland store count and expanded into Virginia and Delaware," said Kurt Schertle, Weis Markets' Chief Operating Officer. "Our goal is to build on our advantages as a locally focused retailer that offers a strong combination of quality, value and service. As part of this commitment, we plan to expand variety in every department."
Weis Markets is planning to hire more than 2,000 current Food Lion employees. "We are reaching out to the Food Lion associates who work in these stores and look forward to hiring and ultimately welcoming them to our company," continued Schertle. "It's an exciting time for our company as we grow and expand into new territories, and we're grateful to our associates and loyal customers for their continued support."
This week, Weis Markets will convert Food Lion units in Cumberland, Frostburg, Owings Mill, Eldersburg and Reisterstown, Maryland and will reopen them on Friday, September 16. In the following week, it will convert Food Lion units in Columbia, Elkridge, Gaithersburg (2) and Mitchellville and with plans to reopen them on Friday, September 23.
The newly converted stores will offer a variety of local products in addition to the more than 3,000 Weis brand products, which offer brand name quality at an affordable price. Weis Markets has a long-standing history with local farmers and will continue to partner with local growers to provide shoppers with fresh and affordable food, including a wide selection of organic produce, baked goods, quality meats and fresh dairy items.
This is the Company's second major acquisition in 2016. In August, it completed the conversion of five Mars Super Markets in Baltimore County, Maryland. Once the deals are complete, Weis Markets will have increased the number of its operating stores by more than 25 percent and will operate 204 stores in seven states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia.
Weis Markets plans to close and reopen each location quickly and efficiently to ensure that customers are faced with little inconvenience. This process is expected to take less than a week for each location. The following is a complete list of former Food Lion store locations Weis Markets intends to convert this fall.
15300 Mcmullen Hwy SW, Cumberland, MD
17600 Old National Sq Pike, Frostburg, MD
9251 Lakeside Boulevard, Owings Mill, MD
6375 Monroe Avenue, Eldersburg, MD
10 Village Center Road, Reisterstown, MD
5896 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD
6551 Waterloo Road, Elkridge, MD
16567 South Frederick Road, Gaithersburg, MD
883 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD
12100 Central Avenue, Mitchellville, MD
3261 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD
5715 Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, MD
750 Prince Frederick Blvd, Prince Frederick, MD
100 Drury Drive, La Plata, MD
15789 Livingston Road, Accokeek, MD
210 H G Trueman Road, Lusby, MD
13300 H G Trueman Road, Solomons, MD
45315 Alton Lane, California, MD
20995 Point Lookout Road, Callaway, MD
19 St. Mary's Square, Lexington Park, MD
17232 N Village Main Blvd, Lewes, DE
24832 John J Williams Hwy, Millsboro, DE
36731 Old Mill Road, Millville, DE
19287 Miller Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE
219 Marlboro Avenue, Easton, MD
505 Meadowbrook Shopping Center, Culpeper, VA
540 Culpeper Town Mall, Culpeper, VA
905 Garrisonville Road, Stafford, VA
2612 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, VA
282 Deacon Road, Fredericksburg, VA
4153 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA
515 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA
736 Warrenton Road, Fredericksburg, VA
10871 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburg, VA
10611 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, VA
10601 Spotsylvania Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA
7100 Salem Fields Boulevard, Fredericksburg, VA
9801 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA
About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 166 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com.