For the third time, management of the 34,726-square-foot anchor store in the Purcellville Shopping Center—currently managed by Shop ‘n Save—will change hands.
SuperValu Public relations Manager Mike Wilken said this week that SuperValu, the parent company of Shop ‘n Save, is pursuing buyers for the store, along with all of the Shop ‘n Save locations in the eastern region. Wilken said that the store would continue to operate for now. The announcement comes a month after United Natural Foods, the largest distributor to Whole Foods Market, announced that it would acquire SuperValu for $2.9 billion.
Renaud Consulting Leasing Agent Mark Fontaine said that the store is not yet on the market and that the owners are not currently negotiating a sale.
Aside from the United Natural Foods acquisition of SuperValu, Fontaine said that talk of the buyout was most likely sparked by the store’s recent termination of a deal with the Holtzman Oil Corp., which has ended shoppers’ ability to redeem fuel rewards on their Perks Cards.
An assistant manager at the store said he has heard rumors that either Weis Markets, Giant Eagle, Trader Joe’s or Food Lion, which previously managed the location, might make the purchase. “We haven’t been told … or when it’s going to happen,” he said.
He said that if the store is bought, he and his nearly 60 employees are all hoping that a “regular grocery store”—one that employees just as many people as Shop ‘n Save—buys them out. He said that if a smaller grocery store like Aldi took over, dozens of employees might be let go. “We are holding our breath and hoping it’s a regular grocery store,” he said.
United Natural Foods has not responded for comment on the fate of the store.
Shop ‘n Save has operated as the anchor store in the Purcellville Shopping Center for the past two years. When the parent companies of Giant Food and Food Lion, Royal Ahold and Delhaize, united in a $29 billion merger in 2016, they sold 86 of their stores to get the Federal Trade Commission’s approval on the merger. That led to SuperValu’s purchase and conversion of 22 Food Lion locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia into Shop ‘n Saves.
Before 2016, the grocery store operated as a Food Lion and a Bloom since the shopping center was built in the early 1990s.