This news article appeared in my local paper and I have seen no outcry from the general public.  Apparently, I am the only one who sees a problem with this situation.  Dan’s Super Market plans to buy another local grocery store in Bismarck. The store in question is the Central Market’s in Bismarck and the plan is to also close the current Central Market which is located in Mandan.

The purchase of the store at 1190 W. Turnpike Ave. is expected to be finalized by the end of the year, according to a statement by Dan’s Super Market.

Mandan Central Market Store Manager Terry Elsberry said he does not know when the Mandan location will close and approximately 70 people will lose their jobs.

Current Central Market employees who currently work in the Bismarck store will not be guaranteed  that they will keep their jobs and will have to re-apply for positions in the new Dan’s location. Dan’s hopes to keep as many Central Market employees as possible, but we will see.  The store will operate under the Dan’s name after the sale and remain open and fully staffed during the transition.

Earlier this year, Dan’s announced plans to build a store in the Sunrise Town Center in northeast Bismarck, near the intersection of Centennial Road and Century Avenue.  Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2014 with an expected opening date in late 2014.

This purchase will give Dan’s five stores in Bismarck and Mandan once the new store is completed.

The reason that I am opposed to this is that there is little competition; prices for food will continue to rise.  We currently pay some of the highest prices for food in the nation because of shipping costs and little to no competitors to keep prices fair.

Just another reason to get out of this state or better yet, have Costco come into the western part of the state.

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