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Mars to close 4 stores

Mars Supermarkets said it was closing four of its 17 stores in coming months, citing increasing competition in its greater Baltimore trade area.

The family-owned retailer said it would close its Bel Air, Md., store later this month, and that stores in Baltimore (Dogwood Station), Aberdeen, Md., and Pasadena, Md., would close on or before May 1. Chris D’Anna, chairman and CEO of Mars, in a statement said “ever-increasing competition” prompted the closures.

“We took great pride in serving these communities and we would like to thank our loyal customers,” D’Anna said. “Other Mars locations throughout Maryland will remain open and will continue to provide the quality and service customers have come to expect from the ‘The Friendly Food People.’”


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Rosedale, Md.-based Mars a year ago closed its distribution center and outsourced supply to Bozzuto’s Inc. The company said that move also addressed additional competition and would allow the chain to offer more competitive pricing.

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