The future of the popular Magruder's grocery store in Gaithersburg may be in doubt, according to local sources.
A manager at the Gaithersburg Magruder's, located at 602 Quince Orchard Road, said employees can tell the store will be closing.
"They (corporate) didn't come and tell us where and when is going to be the final day, but it is going away," the manager said. The manager asked not to be identified.
Rumors of the store's demise recently began circulating among Gaithersburg residents and the city's Director of Economic Development, Tom Lonergan, said he had heard the same thing.
Messages left for Magruder's corporate office and a representative from Federal Realty — which owns and manages the Gaithersburg Magruder's facility — were not immediately returned.
"[I'm] not sure if it’s a store issue or chain issue, and I’m not surprised that they are holding this info close to the vest," Lonergan told Patch in an email.
The store's Rockville location is also slated to close, according to a report by Rockville Patch. The future of Magruder's locations in Alexandria and , are also up in the air, Patch reported.
Magruder's also has a location Chevy Chase.
Magruder’s roots go back to 1875, when John Magruder operated two neighborhood stores, one near Chevy Chase Circle and the other in Georgetown, according to Washington Business Journal.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the realty group that owns and manages the Gaithersburg Magruder's.