A , set to replace the at , may open even sooner than expected.
Originally announced as sometime in the fall of 2012, the accelerated grand opening date of Friday, Aug. 24 was announced by on Thursday. A ribbon cutting celebration is planned for Aug. 23.
Marks said he has been in regular communication about the project with Geoffrey Glazer, a vice president at Kimco Realty Corporation, the company that manages the shopping center.
The Superfresh at the location at 8905 Belair Rd. in July 2011. At the time of its closure, of spaces at the historic shopping center at Ebenezer and Belair roads were vacant.
A , offering governmental assistance to businesses at the center, was proposed by Marks and by the County Council in May 2011. He has also recently worked toward ensuring new design standards for the area he calls .
Kimco officials have also been in their support for encouraging new businesses. Over the past year, a and have entered the center, and an auto parts store is .
“The revitalization of Downtown Perry Hall is one of my top priorities,” Marks stated in an email. “I thank Kimco Realty and Giant Food for advancing this important project, which will employ up to 200 full and part-time people in our community.”
“I am looking forward to having Giant as a member of the Perry Hall community," Dennis Robinson, president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association, added in the email. "They are a quality store that will provide jobs for residents in the area.”
Those interested in the roughly 200 new positions created by the grocery store should begin the application process on the Giant website.
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