Metro opens new stores in Columbia, Westminster

Maryland Watch

November 13, 1998

Metro Food Market opened its newest supermarkets yesterday in Columbia and Westminster as part of an expansion that will add five to 10 stores to the region next year.

The Baltimore-based chain of 18 supermarkets extended its reach into Howard County, opening as Oakland Mills Village Center's first major tenant since the Rouse Co. completed a $4 million renovation of the 30-year-old center. The 40,000-square-foot store features a gourmet coffee bar with indoor and outdoor seating, a made-to-order sushi bar and a hot food and soup bar.

The other store opened in the 140 Village Shopping Center in Westminster, after Metro converted it from a Martin's supermarket. Metro's owner, Richfood Holdings Inc., acquired the store from Royal Ahold NV, which recently divested 10 stores in order to buy Giant Food Inc. Metro plans to remodel and enlarge the store early next year.

Hundreds of people in Columbia and Westminster lined up before the stores opened yesterday for a chance at $25 worth of free groceries -- offered to the first 500 shoppers -- and for a chance to win one of two Volkswagen Beetles.

Pub Date: 11/13/98

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.