Darrenkamp’s is closing all of its grocery stores, with at least one near Lancaster City being sold to Giant Food Stores.
“The liquidation process will begin immediately, with the official closing of all four Darrenkamp’s locations anticipated for early November,” the company said in a news release issued Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Several people wrote on social media that the Elizabehtown store closed early in the evening on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Calls to the phone numbers listed in the news release were not answered that evening.
Darrenkamp’s said in the news release thatthe Willow Valley Square store in East Lampeter Township is being sold to Giant Food Stores. The Elizabethtown, Mount Joy and Etters stores “will close in a phased approach with notification to customers at a later date,” the news release said.
“This was a very difficult decision because we will miss serving our neighbors and because of our long history serving the Lancaster community for so many years,” the news release quoted coowner Dave Darrenkamp as saying. “Knowing how this affects our customers and employees made the decision even tougher.”
The displaced employees will get job interviews for similar positions at the Willow Valley Square store as well as other nearby Giant stores, the news release said.
“Giant is such a great partner and community steward,” the news release quoted Darrenkamp’s President Joe Darrenkamp as saying. “Giant has pledged to support the charitable organizations our family has supported over the years, such as A Week Away Foundation, Grace Church, Brighter Day Foundation, Lancaster South Rotary and the Willow Street Fire Department.”
Joe Darrenkamp said the decision was a hard one.
“Our family has been in the grocery industryfor 86 years and it’s tough saying goodbye.We extend a heartfelt thank you to all of ourcustomers, employees and supporters,” the news release quoted him as saying. “It’s been an honor for our family to serve Lancaster and the surrounding communities for so many decades.”