Shoppers Food was sold. What will happen to its stores in Maryland and Virginia?

Nine months after one of the Washington region’s major grocery chains was purchased by a Rhode Island-based company, local officials, residents and employees are demanding answers about the fate of more than 40 supermarkets the chain operates in the area.

SuperValu, the parent company of Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, was sold in October to United Natural Foods Inc., a distributor of natural and organic foods that is a major supplier for Whole Foods Market.

In March, the chief executive of United Natural Foods said the companywas “well down the path” of selling the chain, which used to be known as Shoppers Food Warehouse. This summer, its outlet in Chillum, Md.,shut its doors. A store in Falls Church, Va., will close Sept. 1.

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