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Giant Eagle plans to close doors

August 31, 2005|by Pepper Ballard

HAGERSTOWN

pepperb@herald-mail.com

Giant Eagle on West Hillcrest Road in Hagerstown will close Sept. 24, due to low sales, a corporate supermarket spokesman said in a written release.

Rob Borella, director of corporate communications for Giant Eagle Inc., said, "The decision to close one of our supermarkets is always difficult. Despite ongoing promotional efforts focused on providing customers great values, our Hagerstown supermarket was not generating the sales volume necessary to operate profitably."

He wrote that those devoted to Giant Eagle could visit two stores in Frederick, one on West 7th Street and one on West Patrick Street.

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The corporation will "review possible opportunities to provide the approximately 60 employees with alternative employment at other area locations," he wrote.

Employees were notified this week of the store's closing, said Dick Roberts, a Giant Eagle Inc. spokesman.

The Giant Eagle store originally was County Market, Roberts said. Giant Eagle, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based supermarket chain, acquired County Market in 2001.

Giant Eagle has more than 200 supermarkets in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

"From time to time, Giant Eagle does close stores that might not be performing as expected," Roberts said.

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