Natural Markets Restaurants Inc. has opened eight of its Fresh & Green's supermarkets in
, as it takes advantage of space made available by the departure of a rival grocery chain.
closed 25 stores earlier this month as its bankrupt parent, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., looked to cut costs and raise money to pay creditors. It found buyers for 12 of the stores but wasn't able to sell the others.
The Fresh & Green's stores had all been opened by Monday, but will continue to stock up in coming weeks, the company said in a release. The grocer said it offers affordable natural and
choices alongside conventional options.
Fresh & Green is now open at two locations in Baltimore and in Arnold, Brunswick, Cambridge,
and Washington, D.C.
Two of the Superfresh locations were sold to
to operate as Shoprite stores.
A store in
was sold to SuperValu and has been turned into a Shoppers Food & Pharmacy. The other store, in Westminster, was sold to the current landlord, Englar Center Limited Partnership.
Two Superfresh stores in
will remain open. They are the last in the Superfresh chain.