After a just a month of intensive renovation, Giant Food opened their new store in Parkville Shopping Center Thursday night amid a ton of fanfare.
The grand opening event was attended by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, County Council members Cathy Bevins and David Marks and Third District City Councilman Robert Curran along with scores of Parkvillians excited to see the return of a grocery store to the neighborhood.
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"This is great, the new store is beautiful," said Jessica Hack, a Parkville woman who attended the grand opening. "Parkville has been hungry for a new grocery store."
"I like it — when I came in here while it was a Fresh & Greens there were really no sales," said Scott Dufel, another Parkville resident. "Giant is sort of known for their sales, so I'm excited."
"In the last four weeks while we opened this, we met many in the community—at the blind school, at the high school, even in the parking lot as they drove by and wondered when we opened ... I've got to say, I'm honored to be here," said the new store's manager, Marty Tibert.
Tibert described the new store as "state-of-the-art" and praised his team for getting it open so quickly.
The new Giant has some pretty cool features—a cafe with a salad bar, a fresh prepared foods section, a bakery and a deli where you can place your order electronically and shop while you wait.
"I'm glad that Giant chose to invest themselves in Baltimore County, specifically in the sixth district," said councilwoman Cathy Bevins. "I congratulate actually all who live in Parkville and the surrounding areas because now you have this great facility to shop at."
Giant brought the Parkville facility from Fresh & Greens back in February and completely renovated about 85 percent of the building before the grand opening.
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