UPDATED: Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring sold to D.C. grocer
Business has been in Silver Spring since 1946
Snider's Super Foods, which has been in Silver Spring since 1946, has been sold to Washington, D.C.-based Streets Market
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This story was updated at 3:20 p.m. July 24, 2020, to add information about Jerry Snider, the late brother of David Snider, and to clarify that the store moved to its current location in the early 1960s, near the old location
Snider’s Super Foods, an independent grocery store in Silver Spring’s Montgomery Hills neighborhood, has been sold to Washington, D.C.-based grocer Streets Market.
The grocery store, at 1936 Seminary Road, specializes in deli and dairy products, fresh produce, subs and platters, as well as wine and beer. According to a press release, the name will stay the same and all of the employees will keep their jobs.
The press release stated that there also won’t be any changes to the wine and beer selection or the meat department, but Streets will add more organic and international foods.
News of Streets’ purchase of Snider’s was first reported over the weekend by The Moco Show.
Streets currently operates nine stores in Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia, according to its website.
Snider’s was founded by Louis Snider, a Ukrainian immigrant who came to the United States in the early 1900s, said Steven Snider, his grandson and the son of current owner David Snider.
Louis Snider started his business in 1922 by selling fruits and vegetables door to door by horse and wagon, according to a press release. In 1946, he moved the business to a shopping center on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, another grandson, Bruce Snider, said in an interview on Wednesday.
Louis Snider’s two sons, David and Jerry, later took over the business after their father died. In the early 1960s, the store moved to its current location on the other side of an alleyway from the old location, Bruce Snider said.
Bruce Snider said his father, Jerry, was in charge of produce and meats while David handled canned and dry goods. He said his father had a personal touch that everyone in the store tried to follow.
“What has made Snider’s all it is for all these years is the people inside and that is most attributable to my father, who had a really joyful personality and loved his customers, loved his employees, loved his work,” he said.
Snider’s became a well-known destination for local shoppers, said Bruce Snider, who now lives in Maine.
“When I meet anyone from the D.C. area, I always ask them if they know about Snider’s supermarket, and most often they do. And I tell my friends here in Maine … you could stand on any corner in metro D.C. and just raise your hand and say, ‘How do I get to Snider’s?’ And somebody would be able to tell you,” he said.
Bruce Snider said David Snider eventually became the sole owner after Jerry Snider died in 2009.
“This is an extraordinary business,” Bruce Snider said. “The fact that it survived as an independent grocery store through all of those decades in competition with chain stores and in a period that saw the virtual disappearance of independent supermarkets, that’s a remarkable story.”
David decided to sell the store because it was the right time to turn over the family business to someone else, his son Steven said.
“He’s 90 years old. It’s been a great business for him. It’s been a great career. But at 90, he decided maybe it’s time to sell,” he said.
David Snider said in the press release that he is excited about the additional products Streets will offer.
“I have enjoyed the business and the industry and believe that Streets Market — with their youth, energy and experience — will be a good steward of Snider’s for the next 75 years,” he said.
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