Mars to close Baltimore distribution center

BALTIMORE - As many as 70 workers are expected to lose their jobs after locally-owned and operated Mars Supermarkets confirmed its plans to close its distribution center.

Chris D'Anna, chairman and CEO of Mars, said the company decided to close the center, located at 1401 Edison Highway in Baltimore, due to "ever-increasing competition in the grocery business and to remain competitive with large regional and national chains."

D'Anna said Mars will be outsourcing its grocery supply and distribution to Bozzuto's, Inc.  According to the company's website, Mars employs just less than 1,700 people and their 300,000 square foot distribution center has supplied their stores with dry groceries, meats, deli/dairy, frozen goods and produce.

"While it was a difficult decision to close our distribution facility, our new business model will allow us to leverage the buying power of a premier East Coast distributor serving more than 250 independent grocery stores," said D'Anna in a statement. "This will strengthen our ability to offer competitive pricing and a wide variety of high quality products to our customers and remain a preferred grocery option for Maryland families."

Mars has 17 supermarkets in the Baltimore region and has served the community since Joseph D'Anna opened the family's first store in 1943 on Old Eastern Ave. in Essex.

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