3 Farm Fresh stores turned over to MetroThe saga over Farm...

MARYLAND WATCH

January 30, 1996

3 Farm Fresh stores turned over to Metro

The saga over Farm Fresh Supermarkets of Maryland Inc., forced into bankruptcy amid allegations of fraud, continues to play out.

Richfood Holdings Inc., the Richmond, Va.-based wholesaler that recently bought eight Farm Fresh stores for $6.75 million, has handed over operations of three of the groceries to a Richfood subsidiary, Metro Food Market.

The three stores -- at Greenspring and Southview shopping centers and Arbutus Shopping Plaza -- will be remodeled with "state-of-the art produce, meat, seafood and deli/bakery concepts," said Metro Food Market President John Ryder.

The five other Farm Fresh stores acquired by Richfood have been sold for an undisclosed sum to Henry Baines, the local operator of Stop Shop & Save, according to Richard Wasserman, Richfood's counsel.

The five stores are located at Mondawmin Mall, East North Avenue, North Monroe Street and Church Square and Walbrook shopping centers.

Two Farm Fresh stores remain to be sold -- on Hamilton Avenue and Belair Road.

Metro operates 15 stores, five under the name Basics.

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