Local Safeway chain to reopen Marsh store in Beech Grove

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The small, local Safeway retail chain has purchased the lease of the closed Marsh grocery store in Beech Grove and plans to reopen the location.

A store manager who answered the phone at the store at 1815 Albany St. said he didn’t know when the store would reopen but confirmed that the operator will be locally based Safeway.

On Monday, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett tweeted: “An exciting day, joining Mayor [Denys] Buckley to announce the addition of a Safeway to the Beech Grove community.”

Safeway operates Indianapolis stores at 2176 Shelby St. on the southeast side; 5602 N. Illinois St. and 3008 Kessler Blvd. on the north side; 2435 N. Sherman Drive on the northeast side; and 5040 E. 16th St. on the near-east side.

Safeway is co-owned by Brad Cross and Scott Weaver, who purchased the stores early this year and operate Grace Foods Holdings Inc., a private company.

A much larger Safeway grocery chain, headquartered in Pleasanton, California, is operated by Albertsons and has 266 stores nationally.

The Beech Grove store was among 18 Marsh stores that were not sold in June to Ohio-based chains Kroger or Fresh Encounter, as part of Marsh’s bankruptcy.

They bought 26 of Marsh’s 44 remaining stores for a total of $24 million.

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