Darrenkamp's closes all stores

Darrenkamp shuts down after nearly 86 years in the grocery business.

Darrenkamp's is closing its doors after 86 years in the grocery business.

The local, family-owned grocery business established in 1932, announced that the company has made the decision to exit the grocery industry after serving communities across the mid-state for nearly 90 years. The liquidation process will begin immediately, with the official closing of all four Darrenkamp’s locations anticipated for early November.

“This was a very difficult decision because we will miss serving our neighbors and because of our long history serving the Lancaster community for so many years,” said co-owner Dave Darrenkamp. “Knowing how this affects our customers and employees made the decision even tougher.”

The company has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Willow Valley Square store located at 106 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, to Giant Food Stores, LLC. The Darrenkamp’s stores in Elizabethtown, Etters and Mt. Joy will close in a phased approach with notification to customers at a later date.

“Giant is such a great partner and community steward,” said Joe Darrenkamp, president of Darrenkamp’s. “Giant has pledged to support the charitable organizations our family has supported over the years, such as A Week Away Foundation, Grace Church, Brighter Day Foundation, Lancaster South Rotary and the Willow Street Fire Department.”

The company is headquartered in Lancaster, Penn., which is west of Philadelphia.