BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Shoppers Food and Pharmacy says it has no immediate plans to close any Shoppers stores, the company said Tuesday.

After multiple reports swirled around social media Monday, the company released a statement saying the stores are not closing.

“Several of the recent media reports have said that Shoppers Food and Pharmacy stores are closing. We want to clarify that there are no immediate plans for any Shoppers stores to close.

What we previously communicated was that UNFI plans to thoughtfully and economically divest its retail operations and the company is making progress on that front. As this is an ongoing and fluid process, we don’t have any specific updates or timing to share.”

The Baltimore Business Journal, and Washington Business Journal, originally reported that the company planned to close as many as 36 of its stores in the Baltimore and Washington areas this year.

Some Shoppers stores are the only grocery stores left in several Baltimore communities.

Shoppers is the fifth largest grocer in the region.

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