By Kellie Woodhouse, email@example.com
5:44 PM EDT, July 19, 2011
Don't expect the old Superfresh store in Elkridge to be vacant long.
The owners of the Elkridge Corners Shopping Center say they have at least two grocery stores interested in the 40,000 square-foot space.
"I can't tell you much because we don't have anything signed but ... for the past couple of months we've been marketing the space to various grocers and even other users," Regency Centers leasing agent Jack deVilliers said, adding that he is confident a deal will be brokered soon.
The space has been empty since Superfresh left on July 6. The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., which owns the Superfresh chain, filed for bankruptcy in May and had shuttered all of its Maryland stores, aside from two inOcean City.
Because of the bankruptcy filing, Superfresh was legally allowed to break its lease with Regency Centers, which owns the Elkridge shopping center.
DeVilliers also said that he thinks the new tenant will agree to revitalizing the store's outdated interior and run-down facade.
"The bottom line is that Regency Centers has made it a priority to get a grocery store in that space," said County Councilwoman Courtney Watson, whose district includes the site. "They believe that they will have a grocery store in that space, after the space has been improved, by the end of the year."
Watson added that with a new tenant, shoppers "are likely to get an improved, cleaner and updated store, both inside and out."