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County market acquired

December 28, 2001

County market acquired



By SCOTT BUTKI
scottb@herald-mail.com


Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle Inc. has acquired the County Market grocery store in Hagertstown so it can turn it into one of the first Giant Eagle stores in Maryland, Giant Eagle announced Thursday.

The County Market at 835 West Hillcrest Road has been open in Hagerstown for 14 years. It is owned and operated by Tony Rivellino and Mike Giovinazzo.

Rivellino and Giovinazzo will stay on to help manage the store but will not be managers, said Kevin Srigley, a Giant Eagle spokesman. Instead they will serve essentially as consultants, he said.

Rivellino and Giovinazzo said they had no comment on the change.

No employees were laid off as part of the process.

The conversion will occur in the first three months of 2002 probably in February or March, Srigley said.

Giant Eagle also is buying and converting County Market stores in Cumberland, Md., Frederick, Md., and elsewhere in the state, as well as Somerset, Pa., and Johnstown, Pa.

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The closest store to Hagerstown is in Bedford, Pa., according to the company's Internet site.

"By maintaining the low prices, wide selection and signature departments that have become County Market customer favorites, we believe there will be a lot to like about the new change," said Laura Karen, a spokesman, in a news release.

The family-owned Giant Eagle Inc., founded in 1931, has 113 corporate and 89 independently owned and operated stores throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and northcentral West Virginia.

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