Giant Food said Monday it would close its Tollgate Mall Shopping Center on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., ending the store’s three-decade run at that location.
A Giant Food representative said the company made the decision to shutter the Tollgate store following “a thorough review of the operating performance” of its supermarkets. Giant’s Abingdon and Rock Spring locations will remain open, the company said.
The store’s closing will affect 20 full-time and 78 part-time associates, the company said.
The 45,000 square-foot, 29-year-old Giant has been a mainstay of the Tollgate shopping center. The supermarket anchored the mall once present at the site, and was the last survivor of a massive redevelopment in the late 1980s and early 1990s which transformed the shopping center into a strip-mall.
The Giant was also the last of the Route 1 supermarkets, after the Bel Air Plaza Super Fresh closed its doors Feb. 23. Last October, Klein’s Family Markets announced it would put its seven local stores under the ShopRite banner when it joined the Wakefern Food Corp. retail cooperative.
Giant leases the Tollgate space, and said it was working with its landlord to find another tenant.
Here’s the full response Giant Food LLC sent to The Dagger’s request for info:
The Giant Food store located in the Tollgate Mall Shopping Center will close on October 29, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. After a thorough review of the operating performance of our stores, we made a very difficult decision to close the Tollgate Mall location. We regret any inconvenience this will cause and encourage our Tollgate Mall customers to shop at other nearby Giant locations, such as:
1401 Rock Spring Road in Bel Air, MD
3299 Emmorton Road in Abingdon, MD
The closing of the Tollgate Mall store will affect 20 full-time and 78 part-time associates. These associates will be given the opportunity to work at other Giant locations.
We are currently working with the landlord to identify another retail tenant for the space.
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