Thursday, July 14, 2016

Statement From Salisbury Mayor Jake Day On Giant Sale


This morning I was contacted by representatives of Royal Ahold and Delhaize Group who advised me that they will sell the Salisbury Giant to Albertson’s Companies, Inc.  In the coming months, the Salisbury Giant will become an Acme supermarket.  The loss of our Giant is a situation which has been the topic of much discussion and worry over the past few months, but I’m happy to say that there is very, very good news to report.  

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.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

What a joke--Acme is crap--pure and simple.. Another nail in the coffin for Salisbury

Anonymous said...

The Mayor is the ONLY one excited to welcome ACME. Anyone heard of WHOLE FOODS? WEGMANS? HARRIS TEETER? Good grief, going to have to start doing monthly grocery shopping out of town. Nothing left here but nasty Food Lion and Walmart. Giant had the only decent meat and bakery. Way to go City Council...

Anonymous said...

How much does anyone really think the mayor has to do with the Giant Acme merger? Come on people! It's better than a empty store!

Anonymous said...

Acme coming back to the 'Bury. It used to be in the Twilley Center (yes that still exists)

Anonymous said...

Why does every think Harris Teeter is so wonderful. I've been going to them for 20 years now having a house in N VA and here and they are no different than any other grocery story. Same factory farmed meats, same seafood from 3rd world countries. The Harris Teeter in W Fenwick/Selbyville never even has fresh crab meat just the pasteurized stuff from overseas. I have done some research on Acme since they opened in OC and their meat brand Lancaster does rate high compared to other meats sold in grocery stores.

Anonymous said...

Great that makes more room for the shoppers at Acme

Anonymous said...

There was no Giant Acme merger. Acme bought Giant

Anonymous said...

2:01 I completely forgot that Acme was here in Salisbury - I use to shop there!!!!! Was never really impressed with it - it is my understanding Acme has gone through a lot of changes since then - wait and see!

Anonymous said...

Oh great another union store. That means mostly part time jobs and high prices. Open your eyes people. Why do you think Food Lion and Wal-Mart are so much cheaper? I will continue to shop NON UNION stores. Ask any union worker how much of their dews were donated to Democratic Party races and how much went to Republican Parties. Of course Mayor Day is tickled A union has stuck around. The unions ran off all the good companies and jobs years ago. If your so concerned about local produce and seafood.....then shop the small local markets.

Anonymous said...

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Donna Lynch said...

Is Acme still going to have the salad bar as good as Giant has??

Anonymous said...

We had an acme. It was not good. They closed it. I agree we need a Wegmans or Harris teeter or,well anything but an acme. Very disappointed, and I won't be shopping there.

Anonymous said...

@1:37 the City Council had nothing to do with this sale. Ahold, which owns Giant, is merging with Delhaize, the owners of Food Lion. In order to have the sale approved, the specifics of the deal had to be submitted to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC laid out a plan to have both companies close stores to avoid a monopoly in certain cities. The only traditional grocery chains in Salisbury are Giant and Food Lion. Wal-Mart is not classified as a traditional grocery store and does not count in their calculation. So the FTC decided that the best opt i n here was to sell the Giant. In DE, 4 Food Lions were affected as well as one in Easton. Those stores along with 33 other regional Food Lions were sold to Weis and will transition in the fall. There are other Giants up for sale in Waldorf and Accokeek, MD. The chains you listed above all were given the opportunity to bid on this store. Either they didn't want to locate here (Harris Teeter, Whole Foods) or their bid wasn't sufficient.

Anonymous said...

Good god people. Take some money and buy a clue. EVERY time something about a supermarket comes up in da bury, somebody cries wishing for a Wegman's, or Harris Teeter or Whole Food or Trader Joe's to come. WAKE UP, da 'bury does not have the income or demographics that those stores look for. If you ever realized that there is a life off of the Eastern Shore, and you actually traveled to where those stores are, you would realize it. But I understand, for most people the world ends at the bay bridge.

But hey, keep that pipe dream alive, because that is all it ever will be...a dream...

Anonymous said...

924-Trader Joe's is super affordable. Their prices are nowhere near Whole Foods. The only reason they won't open one up here, is it's too far outside of their distribution chain. Because it certainly isn't expensive lol

Anonymous said...

I will not shop at Food Dog or Wall Mart. The service in both is sub par. The Giant staff was very personable. The Food Lion staff was lesser quality.You get what you pay for. Why didn't Weiss buy up some of the Food Dog stores and leave Giant alone!

Anonymous said...

Hope they keep the deli and the seafood dept

Anonymous said...

@444AM - Re-read my post. I said "income or demographics that those stores look for", not "AND". I really don't see the lower income families or hood rats flocking to trader joe's anytime soon, do you? Has something changed over there that the world is not aware of?

Oh! I know, they will come to the handful of people who do live there that do fit the "typical" demographic. No, that can't happen, because then that will be looked upon as the "privileged" having something that the "under-privileged" do not have. Was just in a TJ's tonight, didn't see many people using their SNAP card there.

Anonymous said...

The login behind selling Giant was because it is way easier to dump one banner and find a banner for 1 location rather then trying to find buyers and sell off multiple Food Lion locations.



Anonymous said...
I will not shop at Food Dog or Wall Mart. The service in both is sub par. The Giant staff was very personable. The Food Lion staff was lesser quality.You get what you pay for. Why didn't Weiss buy up some of the Food Dog stores and leave Giant alone!

July 15, 2016 at 9:43 PM

Anonymous said...

Couldn't have said it better myself





Good god people. Take some money and buy a clue. EVERY time something about a supermarket comes up in da bury, somebody cries wishing for a Wegman's, or Harris Teeter or Whole Food or Trader Joe's to come. WAKE UP, da 'bury does not have the income or demographics that those stores look for. If you ever realized that there is a life off of the Eastern Shore, and you actually traveled to where those stores are, you would realize it. But I understand, for most people the world ends at the bay bridge.

But hey, keep that pipe dream alive, because that is all it ever will be...a dream...