New Store Policy at Shoppers Germantown: Anyone Under 18 is Not Allowed In Without a Parent/Guardian on School Days

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Shoppers in Germantown (18066 Mateny Rd.), the last remaining Shoppers in Montgomery County, has put a new store policy into effect that does not allow anyone under 18 in the store without a parent/guardian above 21 years old on school days.

A sign reads “Attention Shoppers School Day Policy: Between 7:30am and 6:00pm during any Public School Day, anyone under 18 years of age is not allowed in the Shoppers Food Store unless accompanied by a Parent/Guardian or a person 21 years of age or older.”

Shoppers Germantown is one of few grocery stores in Montgomery County that offers beer and wine. We are told the store has recently had issues with minors attempting to steal the alcoholic beverages during school days. Last winter, the grocery store changed its store hours from 6am-midnight to 6am-10pm, seven nights per week. About a decade ago, the store used to be open 24 hours per day.

Shoppers signed a new lease in 2021 to ensure that it will maintain its presence in Montgomery County for the foreseeable future. An announcement was made back in 2018 that UNFI would acquire SUPERVALU, the parent company of Shoppers grocery stores. At the time, UNFI was clear in its plan to divest the retail business, which included the Shoppers Food banner. UNFI then announced an agreement to sell 13 Shoppers locations to three separate grocery operators. They continued to own the Rockville and Germantown stores, but ended up keeping just the Germantown store. Rockville closed in 2020 and was replaced by Aldi. The Glenmont location was one of the locations that was sold, and Lidl opened in that location in February of 2021.

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