High-end markets set for downtown, Inner Harbor East

February 02, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Downtown residents soon might have two new high-end grocery options.

Construction on a Fresh Fields Whole Foods Market is set to begin this month at Inner Harbor East, according to Michael S. Beatty of H&S Properties Development Corp.

And at Charles Plaza, a New York-based gourmet chain, Leo's Markets, plans to open a small grocery at the corner of Charles and Saratoga streets, said developer David H. Hillman.

There are several Fresh Fields outlets in the Baltimore area, but Leo's will be a newcomer. Hillman, who owns Charles Towers and other downtown residential buildings, called it a welcome addition to an area sorely lacking such a market.

"It's just a huge boost to the quality of life to people who live downtown and work close by," he said.

The 10,000-square-foot Leo's market will be about four times the size of a convenience store but smaller than a conventional supermarket. Hillman said it would be similar to a Sutton Place Gourmet.

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