Markets to reopen in Eldersburg, Woodbine as Harvest Fare

October 11, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Tomorrow morning, the former George's IGA grocery stores in Eldersburg and Woodbine will be opening with a new name and expanded offerings.

Both stores, acquired by B. Green of Baltimore from George Mezardash in March, will be known as Harvest Fare and will feature expanded meat, bakery and produce departments, said FTC Gary Shell, a B. Green vice president and general manager of the Eldersburg store.

The stores, which will reopen at 10 a.m. tomorrow, have been closed since Saturday night for renovations, he said.

"We made a decision to increase our variety in the perishable departments," Mr. Shell said. "Everybody wants to live to be 100 years old, so they want more health-conscious foods. They also want more 'deli to go,' prepared-type foods."

The owners have also added a floral department, seafood and a coffee shop to both locations, which are the only Harvest Fare stores in Maryland, he said.

"We've added refrigerated bakery cases for more specialty cakes, desserts and sweets," Mr. Shell said.

All changes were done within the existing space of both locations, he said.

"We've added space within space," Mr. Shell said. "We've reduced some grocery space, added some perishable space and added some equipment."

The only grocery brand the company eliminated was IGA, since it is no longer affiliated with the independent grocers, he said.

"We have added additional brands, but not eliminated any [others] we had before," Mr. Shell said.

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