Perry Hall Giant to Hold Grand Opening Aug. 24

The grocery is store is expected to open sooner than anticipated.

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.

Do you plan to shop at the new store? Tell us in the comments.

Other Tim July 23, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Giant has been around much longer than Weis in this area, so I would say they have a pretty good hand hold in the area. The one at Perring Parkway closed because they lost their lease, but White Marsh and on Belair Road by the Beltway seem to always be busy. I believe Safeway and Giant had club cards before Weis. I know Safeway was the first in this area to offer gas discounts for shopping with them. If any copying going on, it's being done by Weis. Super Fresh was just plain bad and needed to close. I have had too many bad experiences with Weis in the past with freezer burned product and spoiled meat, so now, to me, they are just a big 7-11. I use them for quick items like bread and milk. Plus, they are the villian in the Berg's closing. (sarcasm) Grocery stores are a lot like restaurants. People have their favorites, and nothing in going to change their opinion. I'm sticking with Shoppers for now, but will probably go to Giant often.
Other Tim July 23, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Reminder: this story is about Giant's grand opening.
Mike Fisher July 24, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Oh right, Giant. Well, that's ongoing as well. As for cynical, you don't have to look too far into history to see that's how all Presidents get elected: they tell people what they want to hear, then do whatever they want in office. Pretty much the truth, not cynical. We will see how Giant does, but I am not optimistic that it will draw enough business to survive and suffer the same fate as many other attempts at grocery chains around here.
Mike Fisher July 24, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Well, two hours is a long walk, but it's also a longer workout. I walk regularly between 60-90 minutes a day just looping around the side streets off seven courts all over the place and there's a TON of hills which makes it that much more intense. I never got much into biking, don't know why, maybe I just don't feel like "driving" anything at the time.
Rose July 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Somebody should send this to the manager of Safeway. I tried to complain about no cashiers when I was there. They told me that the manager was on a phone call & not available to talk with me. That was my LAST time in there!


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