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Founded1875; 144 years ago (1875)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
FounderJohn Magruder
Area served
Washington metropolitan area

Magruder's is a grocery store and former chain in and around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The store is owned by a family who themselves were born and grew up in the Washington area. Magruder's is known for offering low prices on produce and other groceries. The store is much smaller than those of a larger chain like Giant Food or Safeway; therefore, the variety and availability of some products sometimes does not equal that of these larger chains. On the other hand, the store has greater flexibility in ordering and carries items like organic grape juice year round. As of 2006, Magruder's no longer uses loyalty cards that allow the holder to save money on purchases. In January 2013 Magruder's sold its Connecticut Avenue, DC store (which will continue to operate under the Magruder's name) and began liquidation sales at its other four stores.[1]


In 1875, John H. Magruder purchased the grocery store at 1417 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC[2] where he had worked for ten years.[3]

Some, including the owners since 2013,[4] claim a link to "Commodore John Magruder", presumably Confederate General John B. Magruder.[5]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Magruder’s Supermarkets in talks to sell chain Jonathan O'Connell, Washington Post, January 16, 2013
  2. ^ Barton, Elmer, ed. (1884). Historical and Commercial Sketches of Washington and Environs: Our Capital City, "the Paris of America" : Its Prominent Places and People, Leading Manufacturers, Artisans and Professional Men, Its Improvements, Progress and Enterprise. p. 93.
  3. ^ Uziel, Claire (2013-10-08). "From Cradle to Grocery Cart". Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  4. ^ "About Magruder's of DC in Washington, DC 20015". Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  5. ^ "From Piggly Wiggly To Wegman's: How DC Grocery Shopping Got Cool". 2018-03-25. Retrieved 2019-03-11.