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A lone shopper stops to buy a soft drink outside Sack'n Save Food Warehouse on East Highway 82 Wednesday morning. The store is part of a group of 37 supermarket outlets recently purchased from Minyard Food Stores by Grocers Supply.

A local supermarket is set to leave Gainesville.

The Sack’n Save Food Warehouse store on East Highway 82 is scheduled to close by Oct. 1.

But an official with The Grocers Supply Company — the group which purchased the Gainesville store — said Sack’n Save shoppers shouldn’t be concerned about losing their hometown market.

“The store is not going to close. We are in the process of negotiating the sale of these stores,” Grocers Supply Chief Operating Officer Dave Hoffman said via telephone Tuesday afternoon.

The company which made a deal to buy some 37 supermarkets from Coppell-based Minyard Food Stores including the Gainesville supermarket, announced the sale July 24.

Hoffman said employees of the Gainesville Sack’n Save have been notified of the sale, but “it is the intention of ... (the company) to interview employees as well as others to staff the new store.”

Craig McDaniel, senior vice president of Promote Success, said he believes the company intends to keep the store open.

“My understanding is that they didn’t buy these stores to close them. In many cases, there may be a different sign in the parking lot. The names will likely change, but the store should remain open,” he said.

He said Grocers Supply owns several supermarkets including some IGA outlets and many multi-ethnic-themed grocery stores.

Minyard management stated in a recent press release that Grocers Supply's decision to acquire the Carnival brand and stores confirms the chain's strategic focus on the growing Latino food market.

Minyard Food Stores headquartered in Coppell currently operates 58 supermarkets, 33 pharmacies and 13 fuel stations in six surrounding counties of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex including 21 Minyard, 12 Sack'n Save and 25 Carnival Food Stores.

McDaniel said he doesn’t think Sack’N Save shoppers should be concerned about loosing the Gainesville food warehouse-style market which opened in 1996.

“I don’t think people need to be upset. The store will likely open under the Fiesta Mart (name) or some other banner,” he said.

Fiesta Mart is a supermarket chain of 50 stores serving Latino and multi-ethnic communities in the Houston, Dallas–Fort Worth, and Austin markets.

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