Construction will start Tuesday on ShopRite of Howard Park

Klein's Family Markets will start construction Tuesday on a long-awaited supermarket in Howard Park in northwest Baltimore.

A 10 a.m. groundbreaking will mark the start of work on a full-service, 68,000-square-foot ShopRite of Howard Park at 4601 Liberty Heights Avenue. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other city officials are expected to attend.

The neighborhood has been without a grocery store since 1999 when Super Pride closed.

The Sun's Steve Kilar reported last month that Rite Aid of Maryland Inc., which held a legal restriction on part of the six-acre development site, had agreed to allow construction to move forward. Construction should be completed in 10 months, Howard S. Klein, general counsel of Klein’s ShopRite of Maryland, had said.

The city purchased the land from Rite Aid in 2009, and the deed included a covenant prohibiting use of the site for a pharmacy. Klein’s had trouble getting construction financing until Rite Aid agreed to waive the pharmacy restriction. Rite Aid has a store less than a mile from the proposed ShopRite site.

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