Fresh & Green's opens in 8 former Superfresh locations

Natural Markets Restaurants Inc. has opened eight of its Fresh & Green's supermarkets in



Washington, D.C.

, 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

healthy food

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

Village Super Market Inc.

to operate as Shoprite stores.

A store in

Ellicott City

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.