Valu Food chain to open store in Randallstown

November 16, 1991|By Ellen James Martin

Valu Food, the rapidly expanding supermarket chain, signed a lease yesterday that will allow it to enter the Randallstown market for the first time.

The Randallstown store will be the Baltimore-based chain's 16th store and, with 54,000 square feet, its largest to date, said Louis Denrich, the company's president.

"Our five-year goal is to be No. 2 in the Baltimore metropolitan area -- after Giant," Mr. Denrich said.

With a 16-year-lease, Valu Food will move into what is known as the "Bradlee's Shopping Center," located on Liberty Road near Old Court Road. For $405,000 a year, it will take most of the vacant space formerly occupied by Bradlee's discount department store, which vacated three years ago, Mr. Denrich said.

Mr. Denrich said that 155,000 people live within a 5-mile radius of the new store and that the median income of the area is above the national average at $41,650 per household.

"It's a densely populated area served primarily by Giant Food now. We're going to have the largest and newest store in the market as well as the lowest prices," said Mr. Denrich.

The Valu Food president said the addition of the Randallstown store will help the company fill in gaps as it attempts to create a chain strong in all the Baltimore area suburbs.

"We're significantly weak in the north and northwest suburbs of the city. We're stronger in the west, south and northeast," he said.

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