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Giant Grocery Store in Salisbury to Become Acme

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The Giant supermarket in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC) The Giant supermarket in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- Acme Markets has announced it is in the process of acquiring the Giant Food Store located on South Salisbury Boulevard in Salisbury. The move comes as the parent company of Giant Food Stores LLC, a company called Ahold, and Food Lion await approval from the FCC over a deal to merge the two companies. 

The potential merger had put the Giant location in Salisbury in jeopardy because the FCC would not allow multiple stores owned by the same company to monopolize the market. As a result, Giant had been working to sell the location. 

Eric Masten, a representative of Local Union 27, says his organization has been working tirelessly to make sure those employed at the Giant location would not be out of a job. Masten said his union is planning to meet with Acme in the near-future to discuss a new contract with the grocer. 

An Acme spokesperson, who confirmed the acquisition, says there is no timeline in place for when Giant would become Acme. However, Salisbury Mayor Jacob Day said in a statement that this would take place in the "coming months." 

Day also said, "First and most important, not one current Salisbury Giant employee will lose their job. There will be no store closure, and current Giant employees will continue on as Acme employees. This is fantastic news for the employees, their families, and our local economy. Additionally, the Salisbury Acme will remain a union shop. Current employees’ standing as union members will not be affected in any way. I’m unable to speak to what may or may not happen in other markets, except to say that it is my understanding that our store is the only location where this will happen."

"All of this means that, by and large, what Salisbury residents can expect to see is a sign change. Acme is a brand which has history in Salisbury, and I expect that residents will find the new store to be comparable to the Giant which it replaces. The bottom line is this: The store which has been known as Salisbury’s premier supermarket will stay on – employees and all – with a new name. I’m excited to welcome Acme to Salisbury, and I will do everything I can to help them become part of our community.”

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