PROVIDENCE, R.I.–As part of its commitment to build its Shoppers banner by adding to and improving the stores in its portfolio, United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE: UNFI) (“UNFI”) today announced it is reacquiring three former store locations which had previously been sold and remodeling two existing store locations. This reinvestment in remodels and new store acquisitions will greatly improve the shopping experience for loyal customers in the Baltimore and Prince George’s County communities who have relied on Shoppers for over 70 years.
Two of the new Shoppers stores, located at 4801 Marlboro Pike in Capitol Heights, Md. and 5600 The Alameda in Baltimore, Md., opened earlier today, and the third, located at 7051 M.L. King Highway, Landover, Md., will open in November. To celebrate the new store openings, Shoppers hosted official grand opening celebrations at the Capitol Heights and Baltimore locations, which included sampling, giveaways, special promotions, and remarks from local dignitaries and Shoppers store leadership. Shoppers also commemorated the event with a $1,000 donation to each of Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights and Northwood Elementary School in Baltimore.
“Shoppers has a long-standing relationship with these communities, and we are excited to return to these neighborhoods and support residents with exemplary service and products of the highest quality, including fresh produce, meat, seafood, and everyday grocery items,” said Jeff Bleichner, vice president and general manager at Shoppers. “These stores, along with our customer-first improvements at our Silver Hill and Donnell Street locations, reflect our commitment to invest in our communities to improve the health and quality of life of our customers through nutritious and delicious product offerings and friendly and attentive service.”
In addition to the three new locations, Shoppers is scheduled to complete in early October remodels at their stores located at 5820 Silver Hill Road and 2950 Donnell Street in Forestville, Md. The remodels include updated refrigerated and frozen cases, self-checkout lanes, and new signage that offers a fresh take with a vintage flavor, all of which is designed to enhance the overall shopping experience.
“Prince George’s County welcomes Shoppers’ reinvestment in our communities and continued commitment to the retail sale of groceries,” said David Iannucci, President and CEO of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. “These reacquired and remodeled stores will help address the challenges faced by many citizens to gain access to quality food and fresh produce alternatives. While Shoppers never left Prince George’s County, we say ‘Welcome Back.’”
Shoppers Food is a full-service supermarket with everything consumers have come to expect from a neighborhood grocer. Proudly serving the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia markets, Shoppers offers thousands of grocery and household items, such as fresh produce, meat and seafood, deli and bakery, and natural and organic food products available in-store, online, and through the Shoppers app. To learn more about Shoppers, visit www.shoppersfood.com.
UNFI is North America’s premier grocery wholesaler delivering the widest variety of fresh, branded, and owned brand products to more than 30,000 locations throughout North America, including natural product superstores, independent retailers, conventional supermarket chains, ecommerce providers, and food service customers. UNFI also provides a broad range of value-added services and segmented marketing expertise, including proprietary technology, data, market insights, and shelf management to help customers and suppliers build their businesses and brands. As the largest full-service grocery partner in North America, UNFI is committed to building a food system that is better for all and is uniquely positioned to deliver great food, more choices, and fresh thinking to customers. To learn more about how UNFI is Fueling the Future of Food, visit www.unfi.com.