Magruder's Closing All Locations

The supermarkets in Gaithersburg and Rockville are selling all goods at half price, but they may re-open under new ownership in the future.


Magruder's is closing all four of its supermarkets, including Montgomery County's Gaithersburg and Rockville locations.

Large signs promoting a 50 percent off sale lined the store's windows Wednesday morning. Shelves normally lined with goods were half empty, as people made a run on discounted items—particularly non-perishable things like paper towels. 

"We are currently in negotiations to sell the remaining four locations to a group who wishes to purchase the individual stores and reopen them as quickly as possible and we are working diligently with all parties involved," Magruder's Vice President Gary Bortnick wrote in a letter.

The letter, made available at the customer service desk of Magruder's locations (also including Alexandria and Vienna, VA), also said the Connecticut Avenue Magruder's liquor store in Washington has been sold and will continue to operate under the Magruder's name. 

The letter thanked the store's employees, unions, vendors and customers. "Although this is a difficult decision ... now is the right time for our family to move on."

Gaithersburg Director of Economic Development Tom Lonergan said the loss of Magruder's would be a difficult one for the community.

"Naturally it’s regrettable when a company like Magruder’s, which has been a part of the city’s economy and landscape for so long, closes its doors," Lonergan told Patch in an email. "Losing them obviously means the loss of jobs and the loss of a great place for our residents and workers to pick up some essentials."

Magruder's closed its Silver Spring location this summer.

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Herb Winkler January 16, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Perhaps if enough say that we'll sadly miss that great store, we could influence them to stay open, or put a similar store there, like the Market Basket in New England.
Theresa Defino January 16, 2013 at 08:40 PM
With GIant, MOMs, Whole Foods, Bloom, Fresh Market, Trader Joe's and now Dawson's, why do we need Magruder's? I went a few times when it was near the old People's/CVS, and it had such a bad smell that I couldn't shop there, and never had a reason to go the remaining one on Rockville Pike.
mike January 17, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Although they had some good prices on produce the meat department was not the greatest and place was kind of messy an old and it did have a smell.
Peter Mork January 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Perhaps barefaced lying is no way to run a company: "Bortnick [Magruder’s chief operating officer] said last week that the chain had 'no plans to close any of the stores.'"
andy January 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM
What is needed in Montgomery County are food stores that offer dairy, produce and meat at reasonable prices. Chains such as Earth Fare and Price Rite that are actively looking for locations in the county would make excellent replacements for Magruders.
FairTaxAdvocacy January 17, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Magruder is wonderful - especially their locally sourced produce - will be sadly missed. Wish the family well.
Bruce Goldensohn January 17, 2013 at 04:38 PM
They will be missed. The so-called smells people mention were from the old store environment, with lots of produce, etc. Sure it smelled different than a Safeway or Giant, but those who loved the produce selection, the fresh meats, the deli counter, and the ambiance of a "local" business (good, helpful management included), did not care about smells. Also, in Gaithersburg, they did a booming lunch time business of takeout chicken and other items. Dozens of county road crew workers, construction people, and local retirees stopped in for a great, inexpensive lunch. Now, no more! I really hope that any new operation try real hard to match Magruders.
Jeff Hawkins January 17, 2013 at 05:03 PM
It is hard to see an old familiar business go under. It must be difficult for the employees, some of them have been there for decades. So many stores fighting for "our" food dollar these days and some are pretty "fabulous". Magruder's did have that "smell", especially when they were in the old shopping center next to Peoples Drug Store in downtown Rockville, it was a Co-Op grocery store prior. I once went into that Magruder's years ago, grabbed a cart and was "run into" by several old ladies with their carts without any apology. I left my cart right there in the aisle and never went to Magruder's again..
Mike January 17, 2013 at 11:54 PM
I loved this store with its great prices, wonderful breads and deli. This is very very sad.
C.Z. Guy January 19, 2013 at 01:34 PM
I'm certainly going to miss my feet sticking to the floor as I walked around
John Wayne January 19, 2013 at 07:30 PM
If I have a choice to shop in a cleaner store with lower prices then its a no brainer. I guess many others felt the same way. Hence the old makes way for the new. Maybe with Wagmans store opening this summer they saw the writting on the wall.
Richard Arkin January 20, 2013 at 06:56 AM
It would be a great location for a Fresh Market, a jewel-like high-end-but-low-priced small market at Quarry Lake in Pikesville, the first unit in the area from a fast-growing chain which recently opened a unit nearby in Rockville. Or perhaps MOM's Organic Market, a small local chain which started out in Rockville, could be lured north to Gaithersburg.
KS January 21, 2013 at 05:00 PM
No one in the immediate vicinity could afford the prices of MOM's
Richard Arkin January 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM
If you believe that a market only draws people " the immediate vicinity," you are thinking too small, KS. Supermarkets and specialty markets are among the best anchors for a shopping center because they attract a huge number of customers who travel by car to the shopping center in which they're located to shop -- often traveling for long distances if the supermarket offers choices not available at Giant or Safeway. The trading area for a supermarket is usually 3-5 miles from the market's front door. However, an organic market like MOM's or a high-end specialty market like Fresh Market would extend much farther than five miles along Quince Orchard Road, because there is nothing comparable in Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village, or North Potomac. Don't forget that Gaithersburg's household income has risen sharply in recent years, in part because recent development in the area has been targeted at higher income households. In addition, the demographics of the 20878 market are quite good, partly because household income in Kentlands, Lakelands, Quince Orchard Park, North Potomac, and Darnestown is certainly not to be sneezed at. And do not forget that Staples and the new LA Fitness (both credit tenants and both major anchors) draw traffic from Germantown and the upcounty because Quince Orchard Plaza is at the intersection of two heavily-traveled state highways, Route 124/Quince Orchard Road (a block from I-270) and Route 117/Clopper Road.
Radhika Rishi April 04, 2013 at 01:57 PM
I personally miss it. I am disabled and live on a fixed income. At Magruders I could purchase cheeses, yogurt, and lots and lots of produce cheaply. Giant, Mom's etc. do not always have the vegetables and herbs that Magruders carry. Fresh Market though having great items do not honor the Independence Card (food stamps). It is too costly to shop at Giant, Mom's Whole Foods, Fresh Market etc. when you are on a fixed income. Come back Magruders! I need you!


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