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.
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