Staples will close at this location in May. Photo by Mike Diegel.

The Staples Office Superstore at 9440 Georgia Ave., just inside the Beltway, will close May 6.

The announcement was made in an email sent this morning to local customers, a copy of which was obtained by the Source of the Spring.

The message included no details, but listed three other stores in the area: 12389 Georgia Ave., 6800 Wisconsin Ave. in Chevy Chase, and 12008 Cherry Hill Rd.

The local Staples is one of 70 stores the company announced last month it would close. About 350 stores have been shuttered in the last five years.

The Staples space originally had been occupied by Safeway, and another grocery chain may move into the vacant store.

The rumored replacement for Staples is ALDI, a discount grocery chain known primarily for featuring a relatively limited selection and private-label merchandise.

The first ALDI opened in Germany in 1961. The first U.S. store opened in Iowa in 1976. The company, which is headquartered in Batavia, Ill., now operates about 1,600 stores in 35 states. It plans to have nearly 2,000 stores open by 2018.

Current ALDI locations include Takoma Park, Hyattsville, Beltsville and a store that opened December 2016 in the Plaza del Mercado on Bel Pre Road.

Mike Diegel

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Mike Diegel