Magruders Grocery Stores have been a local chain here in the DC region for over 137 years, and according to the Washington Post, they have announced they are selling their stores. The DC store on Connecticut Ave has already been sold, and owners are in talks to sell the remaining stores in Alexandria & Vienna VA, and in Gaithersburg & Rockville MD.
It sounds like negotiations are taking place for the remaining four locations to be sold to a group who wishes to purchase the individual stores and to reopen them as quickly as possible.
Right now, I’ve been told that all Magruder’s stores are offering 50% off remaining items and the shelves are looking pretty bare. So if you haven’t made it over there, you may want to stop by for some bargain shopping.
Magruder’s was one the DC region’s last local- and family-owned grocers, and it will be missed. When I’ve shopped there, I enjoyed that it was different than the standard chain grocery store. I appreciated their low prices and high quality produce & meats, and the fact that they doubled manufacturer coupons up to $0.99 in face value. They also had a kid’s cookie club, and great weekly e-mail coupons and meal deals, plus regular coupons in the Washington Post. There were many times I can recall when Magruder’s went above and beyond to serve its customers and help in times of need, including offering their freezers to those who lost power in Hurricane Irene.
Have you shopped at Magruder’s before? What was one of your favorite things about the store?
Also, if you’ve stopped by a Magruder’s the last few days, please leave a comment and share what deals you got and what items were still left on the shelves.