Mars market chain plans Arbutus store

Maryland Watch

June 17, 1998

Mars Super Markets Inc., a chain with 15 stores, mostly in eastern Baltimore County, has announced plans to open a store in Arbutus within a year. The chain also is looking to expand in Harford and Howard counties.

The Baltimore-based chain signed a lease for 38,000 square feet anchoring Arbutus Plaza at Maiden Choice Lane and Westland Boulevard, Christopher D'Anna, executive vice president, said yesterday.

The vacant space is being remodeled as part of a refurbishing of the center, he said. It had been the site of Basics supermarket, a division of Richfood Holdings Inc. Most of the company's locations have been converted to Metro Food Markets stores.

The Arbutus Mars, scheduled for completion in 10 to 12 months, will be the first new store for the chain since it opened a store in Edgewood in December 1996.

Mars, which in addition to supermarkets in eastern Baltimore County has five in Anne Arundel and Harford counties, is looking at sites in Harford and Howard counties, D'Anna said. In Arbutus, community members lobbied the landlord and local officials to bring Mars to the neighborhood, he said.

Pub Date: 6/17/98

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