38 Former Food Lions Start to Become Weis Markets
SUNBURY, PA - The Weis Markets banner is about to multiply significantly, growing its store count by 25% as it begins the conversion of its recently acquired 38 Food Lion stores.
"Once the conversions are completed over the next two months, we will have nearly doubled our Maryland store count and expanded into Virginia and Delaware," Kurt Schertle, Chief Operating Officer of Weis Markets, stated, according to news source Virginia Business.
As we previously reported, Weis made its biggest purchase of the year when it acquired the nearly 40 Food Lion locations in three separate states back in July.
The Food Lion stores were up for sale as Ahold and The Delhaize Group look to appease the FTC and obtain the go-ahead for a $28 billion merger.
Now, the 4 Delaware, 21 Maryland, and 13 Virginia stores are expected to be wearing the Weis name by the end of October.
Additionally, the retail chain plans to hire more than 2,000 current Food Lion employees to staff the converted stores, according to the report.
This is the most recent in moves made by the company for strategic growth, which also finished converting five Maryland Mars Super Markets last month.
Upon completion of those 38 locations, Weis will be an operation spanning seven states with 204 stores in total.
AndNowUKnow will continue to report on major strides the retailer makes in its reach, as well as others in the market, throughout the rest of the year and beyond.