Musser’s Markets selling family-owned stores to Giant

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EAST DRUMORE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) – Musser’s Markets announced it has made the decision to exit the grocery industry and sell their remaining grocery stores to Giant.

Musser’s Markets have been in Lancaster and Lebanon counties for the past 94 years.

Ruth Ann Waltman, who lives in Drumore, said the Musser’s outside of Quarryville is the only grocery store that she’s ever been to.

“I went to school with Scott Musser and when I was growing up my mom went to Musser’s when they were over where the beer distributor is now,” Waltman said.

Earlier this year Musser’s sold their location in Columbia.

In a statement Musser’s cited changes in the grocery industry, and a change in customer buying habits as the reason they decided to sell to Giant.

In the past year, Giant also bought Darrenkamp’s, based in Lancaster County, as well as Ferguson & Hassler.

Chris Brand, a spokesman with Giant Food Stores, said all 350 employees of Musser’s will have a chance to interview for new jobs.

“When we acquired Fergies there was a very light remodel,” Brand said. “The store pretty much stayed the same. I would say we hired about 85% of the associates from Fergies for that store.”

Brand said Giant is planning on adding services such as curbside pickup.

Waltman, who told ABC 27 News she visits Musser’s every day, said she will have a tough time adjusting to the change.

“I’m heartbroken,” she said.

Musser’s Markets last day of business will be Oct. 17.

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