Two Giant grocery stores in West End Alexandria will close their doors in June, the company announced Wednesday.
The stores are the Giant at the Shops at Mark Center, located at 1476 Beauregard St., and the Bradlee Shopping Center Giant, located at 3680 King St. The stores will close at 6 p.m. on June 6.
The store at the Bradlee Shopping Center is slated to be replaced by The Fresh Market in 2014. There's no word yet on what will take the place of the Beauregard store.
Giant spokesman Jamie Miller said the decision to close the stores was based on performance.
"It was strictly a business decision," Miller said. "On occasion, we do a review of the operating performance off all of our stores, and the decision to close these two stores was based on the operating perfomance of the stores."
He added: "We regret any inconvenience the closing will have on the community. We still operate seven additional stores in Alexandria."
Giant Food President Anthony Hucker said in a news release, “After a thorough review of the operating performance of our stores, we made a very difficult decision to close these Alexandria locations. We regret any inconvenience this will cause and encourage our customers to shop at our nearby store locations including seven alternate stores in the City of Alexandria.”
The company suggests customers use the following Giant stores on the West End:
- Alexandria Commons Giant Food, 3131 Duke St.
- Van Dorn Center Giant Food, 5730 Edsall Road
- Bailey’s Crossroads Giant Food, 3480 S. Jefferson St., Falls Church
The Giant store in Beauregard Street was slated to eventually be demolished under the Beauregard Small Area Plan, but that redevelopment could be a decade away.
In Febraury, the company announced it is expanding its store in Alexandria Commons on Duke Street.
In October, Alexandria City Council approved that will include 253 residential units and a 69,000-square foot Giant grocery store.
Giant, based in Landover, Md., operates 171 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.