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Giant to close at Spotsylvania Crossing
Giant to close store


Date published: 3/15/2011

BY CATHY JETT

First Ukrop’s. Then Shoppers Food & Pharmacy.

Now a third grocery store in the same general area has announced that it will close.

The Giant Food anchoring Spotsylvania Crossing Shopping Center on State Route 3 will shut its doors at 6 p.m. April 14.

“After a thorough review of the operating performance of our stores, we made a very difficult decision to close the Spotsylvania Crossing location,” Shane Sampson, senior vice president of store operations for Giant Food, said in a prepared statement late yesterday afternoon.

It was not clear what will happen to the 57,000-square-foot building, which is owned by parent company Royal Ahold, or its impact on the shopping center.

The Spotsylvania Crossing Giant saw sales drop when Wegmans opened in Celebrate Virginia South in 2009 and Bragg Road was widened. The latter project, which began in 2008 and ended last year, included the installation of a median that prevented left turns into or out of the shopping center.

The store also at a disadvantage because it could not install gas pumps, which the newer Giant stores offer.

When it opened May 20, 1987, the then 55,000-square-foot Giant store was the chain’s third and largest location in the Fredericksburg area. It also was among the largest and best-stocked of the chain’s then 142 stores in Virginia, Maryland and Washington.

It featured a meat counter where customers could purchase a gourmet dinner for two or an entire dinner party with the assistance of a full-time chef; a breakfast bar selling ready-to-eat breakfast foods by the pound; and an in-store bakery.

Other features included a full-service seafood counter, salad bar, specialty candy department, flower shop, bulk food section and a pharmacy, according to an article that appeared in The Free Lance–Star.

The store’s closing leaves three Giant Food locations within a five-mile drive. They include the new Super Giants in Harrison Crossing in Spotsylvania County and Banks Ford Center at Celebrate Virginia North in Stafford County, as well as the area’s original Giant in Eagle Village in Fredericksburg.

Giant Food will notify pharmacy customers at the Spotsylvania Crossing location by mail in advance of the closing with details about pharmacy record transfers. Prescription records will be transferred to other nearby Giant locations including the Harrison Crossing store.

The Spotsylvania Crossing store employs 17 full-time and 33 part-time associates, all of whom will be given opportunities to work at other Giant locations.

“We regret any inconvenience this will cause,” Sampson said of the store’s closing, “and encourage our Spotsylvania Crossing customers to shop at our nearby Harrison Crossing store at 5701 Plank Road.”

Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407

cjett@freelancestar.com