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Bradlee Center, Beauregard Giant Stores to Close

Stores slated to close on June 6.

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.

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Ashley Evans May 08, 2013 at 01:58 PM
This is awful. One of the reasons we chose our home was the walking proximity to Beauregard Giant
Marianne Hetzer May 08, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Warm memories of both stores -- friendly staff, easy to navigate. Bummer.
Fred Reiner May 08, 2013 at 02:33 PM
I've been shopping at the Bradlee Giant since it opened in 1957. It was huge for it's day. Here's an interesting link to a pdf on the city's website: http://alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/historic/info/archaeology/ARSummarySafewayL.pdf.
Stephanie May 08, 2013 at 02:38 PM
While we are never happy to see a business close, Bradlee Shopping Center will continue to be a great location for grocery shoppers. The Fresh Market, a Greensboro, NC based grocer will be opening their first Alexandria store in the former Giant space later this year. Read their April 16th press release here: http://www.thefreshmarket.com/news/press-releases
Kate Yemelyanov May 08, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Bradlee Shopping Center customers are more likely to have cars - what about a grocery for the Beauregard location?
Linda May 08, 2013 at 03:15 PM
I agree. The Giant is very convenient, and its smaller size makes it easy to run in for just a few items.
Linda May 08, 2013 at 03:16 PM
The Fresh Market looks like it may be more expensive than Giant. I guess we shall see.
Barbara York May 08, 2013 at 03:20 PM
I hope another grocery store moves into the Beauregard location.
Brad Lindsey May 08, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Too bad Magruders closed when they did (I still miss them). They would have received a big bump from these unfortunate closings.
Mona Miller May 08, 2013 at 03:31 PM
The Beauregard Giant is by far my favorite, since we moved into the area over 20 years ago. Our son went to John Adams school, and it was just so convenient even now, as it's also walkable from our townhouse. I know some of the staff there, too. And with the Magruder's having already closed at Seminary Plaza, no close/convenient stores nearby. Yes, I go to the Bailey's Crossroads one sometimes, but that's so big, so more trouble for a few items, etc.
Linda May 08, 2013 at 03:35 PM
That's fascinating. I'd love to know what Bradlee was like during that time. Was the Giant the only store, or was it already a shopping center?
Mona Miller May 08, 2013 at 03:49 PM
The Mark Center shopping center was already there in 1989 (when we moved to area). CVS, McDonald's, and a different Thai restaurant (at same place) were there. Subway and Starbucks and the two beauty salons have also been there since that time. And of course, Blockbuster (now Oodles of Noodles).
Pete May 08, 2013 at 04:18 PM
I've been to a couple Fresh Markets in Kentucky and they were very nice stores.
Andrea Boyce May 08, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Fresh Market is a great store. Happy they are coming to Alexandria.
muckraker May 08, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Even though I live close to the Bradlee Giant, I never shop there. I prefer the Duke Street one (former Hechinger's). The Bradlee one is just too small -- not enough selection.
Virginia Osborne Roesell May 08, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Sounds like Giant is going to be replaced by a yuppie market. What about the working class folks - where will they shop?
Brian May 08, 2013 at 10:43 PM
What are the rats going to do when they close the store?!!
WestEnder May 09, 2013 at 04:37 AM
After the Beauregard re-development, we won't have space for the working class folks. Mayor's Euille's One Alexandria will be just that, One [Economic] Alexandria. Not much diversity there.
Diane Costello May 09, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Amusing that AEDP staff comments on the Bradlee Giant but is mum on the Mark Center /Beauregard Giant closing. What happened to ALL the business you, City officials, and the City Manager’s office at the time said those BRAC 133 folks were going to bring to the far West End? Guess the DoD folks aren’t fans of the Giant salad bar.
Venetta T Bueno May 09, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I love the Beauregard Giant. I've been shopping there almost 25 years. What a shame.
Cindy C. May 09, 2013 at 10:55 PM
I have been shopping at the Bredlee Giant since I moved here in the late 1980's. It is so quick to zip across from Fairlington Villages. I always called it the "Little Giant" and the one in Bailey's the "Big Giant". I hate grocery shopping but could always get in and out of the Bradlee one quickly. Going to the big one takes forever and it takes me forever to find what I want. This is the end of an era. I remember when Murphys left. It closed a few years after I moved here.
Alexa May 10, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I remember shopping at the Beauregard store while attending John Adams more than 20 years ago... it has changed so much! What's next Alexandria? Your "commitment" to helping this diverse, multi-cultural and awesome community is disappearing faster than the business that help and support the Alexandrians who live here! What about the workers and their families? We are supposed to create jobs and opportunities for everyone, the only ones benefiting here are the high collar individuals that fund these projects!
D May 13, 2013 at 07:32 PM
It's unfortunate that in their zeal to approve new small area plans and CDDs (etc, ???) the city forgot to actually required anyone to build/keep stores where people can shop for something as lowly as food. It's just more cars driving even farther on a more regular basis. Love that planning!
D May 13, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Probably, and apparently it will have a sister store just up the street soon, not to mention that Harris Teeter that's coming in, and the Trader Joe's... oh that's right- this is Del Ray and OT.
Patch Reader May 16, 2013 at 03:49 PM
The article is factually incorrect in quoting Giant's statement that there will be seven surviving stores in the City of Alexandria. There will only be four remaining stores in the City (on Duke Street, at Edsall and Van Dorn, on First Street in Old Town, and on Monroe Avenue in Del Ray). The other three stores with Alexandria addresses, including locations on Richmond Highway, Telegraph Road, and Kingstowne Boulevard, are in Fairfax County.
Towanda Bell June 06, 2013 at 12:47 AM
I work across the street from the Beauregard St location and that's really to bad for the residents that don't have transportation and depend on public transportation who wants to do grocery shopping on the bus the next closest grocery shopping choice is Shoppers on Leesburg Pike and Beauregard not within walking distance??? and the older residents I see struggling with their groceries from my office window....and people like me that run over there from time to time to pick up a few things so I don't have to stop on the way home....There isn't anything really in that shopping center I guess CVS will be the new Giant....Good luck to the employees there on their future endeavors to bad you guys had to find out your losing your lively hood on the internet.....
Towanda Bell June 06, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Oodles of Noodles...I call it nasty Noodles Yuck!
Crr June 07, 2013 at 12:28 AM
This is a sad state of affairs and it's insulting to read the responses from Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP) Staff. This area was PROMISED more business with the BRAC building nightmare. It was all lies. People without cars relied on walking to these THREE stores that are now gone and the city did nothing to try and keep them here. It's a terrible shame.
Michael Harrod September 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Glad I moved out of Southern Towers when I did. Guess they'll have to shop at the on-site 7-11 absent a true grocer.
Michael Harrod September 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM
You know, the BRAC people aren't coming there to live. curious to see what happens when Alexandria bulldozes everything and nobody shows up for the new stuff.

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