Wither Colossal Donuts? Shoppers Food Warehouse’s future bleak

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D.C. region braces for closure of Shoppers storesWashington Business Journal
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Shoppers Food Warehouse chain may be closing down as its parent company, United Natural Foods Inc. is selling off stores; the one closest to me in Landmark Center became a Giant Food.

The changes will have a significant impact on the D.C.-area grocery business, however, given that there are 36 Shoppers stores across Greater Washington and Baltimore. In terms of market share, Shoppers is the fifth largest grocer in the D.C. region.

A Baltimore TV station, WJZ, ran a report saying there were no immediate plans after the WBJ story ran.

While it isn’t the 1980s grocery situation with Giant, Safeway and few other options, Shoppers leaving the market could have serious ramifications in the communities and workforce left behind, particularly if Giant doesn’t pick up all the stores.

Though I’m not a regular SFW shopper, I don’t look forward to the chain closing down. Shoppers biggest claim to fame is their Colossal Donuts. Of all the mass market fresh donut options in BeltwayLand, Colossal are my favorite for several reasons:

  • baked in store fresh morning
  • probably about 50% bigger than say, Dunkin, more 100% bigger than Krispy Kreme
  • best value — about 75¢ individually and about $6 for a dozen.

The cronuts are my favorite.

On Opening Day, I made a point to make a short detour off the Potomac Yard Trail to get a couple of donuts, while still could. So good.

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