UPDATE: Giant Food to Replace Former Perry Hall Superfresh

The new grocery store is expected to open at 8905 Belair Rd. in fall 2012.

UPDATE (2 p.m.)—A Giant Food grocery store is expected to replace the former , County Councilman David Marks announced Wednesday afternoon.

, the management company over , recently confirmed that a lease had been finalized. The new store is expected to employ about 200 full- and part-time employees, according to .

"The revitalization of the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center is one of my top priorities in Perry Hall, and I have had regular conversations with Kimco Realty pushing for a new tenant for this site," Marks stated. "Everyone has a wish list for this site, but I am very happy to have a vacant space occupied with 200 more jobs in Perry Hall."

Dennis Robinson, president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association, added his approval: "I am pleased to hear that a quality, established grocery store is filling the vacancy at Perry Hall Square and providing additional job opportunities."

Anthony Hucker, president of Giant Food, based in Landover, also released a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“We are very pleased to bring a Giant to the Perry Hall community, which is another positive addition to our growing fleet of stores serving the Baltimore region. Earlier this year we acquired, converted, and successfully opened two new stores in Baltimore City and Parkville,” Hucker stated. “We will continue to build upon our seven-decade legacy of providing customers with the highest level of quality, value, and service. I’m looking forward to joining the Perry Hall community later this year at our grand opening celebration.”

Speculation over a replacement store at 8905 Belair Rd. has swirled throughout the community since .

During a in October 2011, Gregory Reed, assistant director of Kimco Realty, said the location would likely be filled by another grocery store. At the time, however, Giant Food was not considered a likely candidate, he said.

Much to the disappointment of some community members, higher-end organic grocery stores—including and Whole Foods—were also not considered likely replacements, Reed said. 

The planned Giant Food may be eligible for some benefits through county government, made possible through the , which includes all of Perry Hall Square Shopping Center.

The district, part of Marks' campaign to revitalize the , was by the County Council in May 2011.

Are you planning on shopping at the Giant Food? How will the new grocery store impact you and your family? Tell us in the comments.

Tim May 16, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Far from the worst choice of grocers, and a definite upgrade over Superfail. If they set it up like the one in the White Marsh mall area - you know, with the scan guns and 'little shopper' baskets, we'll have an easy time convincing our son to go with us as he can "help". I'm personally sick of Safeway's terrible cashier/check out situation. I do wonder from their perspective if this new location will cannibalize their one in Rosedale/Overlea though. Not my problem though.
Tim May 16, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I'd also like to congratulate and thank David Marks for his continued effort at getting the shopping center back on its feet again!
JoAnn Williams May 16, 2012 at 05:35 PM
It's too bad that Trader Joe's or Whole Foods wasn't considered. It would be nice to have a nice organic store in the area. We have nothing like that. I have never been impressed with Giant Foods so it won't make a difference to me when food shopping.
Tim May 16, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I think it was considered, but these companies simply don't want to come to Perry Hall. It's as simple as that. I personally believe a massive Whole Foods like the one in Charlottesville would have done well here. Even though our home values are higher then most in Baltimore County, "higher end" businesses seem to want nothing to do with Perry Hall itself. Maybe they were scared off by all the drugstores.
David Marks May 16, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I have heard the Trader Joe's/Wegman's/Whole Foods suggestions for many years, and promise that I aggressively pushed these concepts. Still, I will always take a job-producing business over vacant space anyday. Those who do not like the Giant Food have the freedom to go wherever they may like. Thanks, Tim!
John Doe May 16, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Giant is definitely an upgrade. We will use it - their gas deal with Shell is good - and there is a Shell right across the street. Thanks David Marks! (Please consider a sidewalk from Chick-fil-A to the Giant.)
Diane Roberts May 16, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I am rather disapponted that Giant is going in that space. We already have too many over prices stores in the area. I go out of Perry Hall for groceries because of the savings.
Voter May 16, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Giant is a decent grocery store. If you shop their specials, the prices match just about anybody. I personally shop at Weis and am happy with it too. I agree with Tim's comment about Safeway.... the checkout situation is agonizing and the store management is disinterested in addressing the problems. The only thing at Safeway I use occasionally is the gas pumps if Costco is closed.
Tim May 16, 2012 at 06:21 PM
We go out of the area just because Wegmans rocks. It's a bit of a trek though, we certainly don't go every major shopping trip. In reality, we make it up there maybe once a month. Safeway tends to get most of our day to day business, but if the Giant does things well they could definitely usurp our family's business, in any event.
Tim May 16, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Safeway just kills me because their everything bagels are hands down my favorite, and bacon/egg/cheese sandwiches are basically my weekend breakfast staple. Weis has good onion bagels in a pinch and I typically go there for crossiants for my lovely wife (because Safeway fails to carry them). Wegman's ironically enough has some of the most devoid of taste bagels I've ever eaten - and they are tiny compared to most as well.
Susann McKenna May 16, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Thanks Mark!! Presently go to the Weis off of Honeygo, but will definitely give the Giant a try. Love that they have a gas "deal" with Shell. Did not know that. Now what other store or stores will be in the shopping area?
Kris May 16, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I wish they would have considered a CVS or a Rite Aid. Right now I have to walk over 53 yards to get to one. On a serious note, everytime I see David Marks' name on the Patch he's doing something good for Perry Hall. You have my vote!
David Marks May 16, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Kris, thank you. I try!
Jon May 16, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I agree with (seemingly everyone's comments) about the Safeway checkout situation. The only reason I go there is because we are hooked on the Safeway Peach Pineapple salsa. So I go there to get that - but every time I regret it because of how long it takes to checkout. If they would only add some self-checks I think it would be bearable.
Stacey Schantz May 16, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I find myself looking forward to this!!! I hope they create an upscale store like the one in Timonium. I am constantly traveling all the way to Abingdon (EVERY WEEK) for Wegman's groceries. I'm tired of Weis, sick of Safeway's lack of customer service/registers, and really hope this brings the quality food and upgraded service to Perry Hall. it would be so nice to drive 5 min to a quality grocery store rather than 35 minutes each way. Thanks & Weclome GIANT!!!!
Rose May 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Another Giant, another Subway, another drugstore........geeze. Is Perry Hall a second class community in Balto county? Nothing new or exciting? Moved to Nottingham 8 yrs ago & have watched everything go downhill. Thought we'd retire here...hhhmmm.
Bob May 17, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Happy to hear Giant is taking over the vacancy at Perry Hall shopping center, it will certainly brighten up the area seeing commerce taking place
Carol Knapp May 17, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Was disappointed that we are getting another Walgreen's....now disappointed to hear the new grocery store is Giant. When will we get something good?? Still love David Marks....he's such a hard worker and has our best interest at heart!
Cheryl May 17, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I hope Giant lets the Girl Scouts sell cookies out front! We missed the SuperFresh location last year.
JT May 17, 2012 at 05:36 PM
My decision to shop there hinges entirely on whether or not the store offers the SCAN IT! self scanners. If they don't, I'll stick with the White Marsh store.
Honeygo Hal May 18, 2012 at 01:55 PM
So the question I have is, when will it open? I would like to see one of the upscale Giants - either this one, or a remodel of the White Marsh Mall store.
James Barbour May 18, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Although many complain about Giant's "higher than other's" pricing, it should be noted that Giant tends to compensate their employees fairly well. As such, that will be 250 "well paying" jobs available to the community. I welcome their store.
MIL May 18, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I have officially boycotted Safeway until they get self-checkout (Perring Pkwy has it!) if they want to only have 1-2 cashiers, then they need to have self check-out. Not even a Starbucks craving will make me go in!
Jason May 18, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I would rather have Trader Joes or Whole Foods. Anyway, I've also heard rumors that Wegman's may come in across the street from Target on Campbell Blvd on the open lot.
Janeen Jones May 29, 2012 at 05:29 PM
anyone know if they have applications online or any where? (Giant)
Grand Daddy Devil Dog June 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Giant, shelves too high for seniors to reach. Deli so so! Produce is better than Weis who's staff poorly handle throwing it out for display. Weis poorly organized requires 20 minutes longer to shop than Giant due to forcing the customer up and through every aisle. Weis staff more friendly by a pinch Maria is terrific. Giant bakery erratic same as Weis and both put out goods after the work crowds pass through. Meat services - Giant wins here but slower - perhaps we could leave a note of our request and pick it up on the way to checkout - not that hard to do. Marshall at Weis is the best and nicest deli employee in all of the local stores and most efficient - we miss Steve too! The salad crews at Weis needs training and need to keep a regular selection of walk away lunches for morning patrons on their way to work. Giant also fails here I stopped visiting in the morning on way to beltway battles. Best junk food aisle around hands down is Weis. Safeway fails all around as does the Mars store @ Sliver Spring Road Mars has better bakery department than the others by a skoosh but is giving way to prepackaged stuff. Overall I will be helping the local economy by spreading my income around to those who serve better products and faster service on my WTF Wednesday, Thursday and Friday shopping tours. Note to all of the stores old and new don't clog the frickin' aisles with floor displays make sure two shoppers can pass by without clipping carts.
Other Tim June 12, 2012 at 11:07 PM
While I like Giant, I do think their prices are high. I went to the Giant in Timonium today to get some tuna salad for work. It was $9.69 a pound.
You June 13, 2012 at 01:15 AM
This is a tough topic. If one (as my wife and I do) take advantage of coupons and online coupon sites (coupon mom, coupon suzy, ect.) yes it sounds weird, BUT it 100% works. We starting using these sites in January and not even joking, we save about 30-50% of the cost of groceries every week. We focus on buying what we need first and coupon deals second. Giant is a store which seems high in price from a random visit, but they every week place certain products on sale... very, very cheap and by using their double coupon deals with it... the products are almost free. It is a play and buy as you go game :) but if you get into the swing of it... Giant gives the best deals when offered. I only by what I eat and use; and Giant offers the best deals to advance my needs. Some common deals I get from Giant for free (tuna, soups, chilli, bathing products, juices, pastas, quick meals, frozen goods, ect.). Shop smart and you will save bunches from Giant. I love Mars, but their overall prices can't compare and they do not double coupons; same with Weis Market. And Safeway is a straight-up serious ripoff. Wegman's and Trader Joe's do however have good good deals, but do not double coupons.
You June 13, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I agree and love your comments. I feel the same; except, I throw in coupon deals and sale items. Great observations!


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