A spokesman for Weis Markets said Thursday that the company plans to invest "several million dollars" — and employ as many as 150 people — as it refurbishes and moves into the former Superfresh space at Towson Place shopping center.
Fifth District County Councilman David Marks announced on Thursday that Weis had struck a deal to move into the space, which has been vacant since Superfresh closed in summer 2011.
"I am very familiar with Weis Markets from its Perry Hall stores," Marks said in an email to the Towson Times. "Weis Markets is a quality supermarket, and I think many people in Parkville, Loch Raven and Towson will consider shopping there."
Marks had estimated that filling the 55,400-square-foot supermarket — located in the center at the corner of Goucher Boulevard and Putty Hill Avenue — would bring about 100 jobs to the Towson area.
But Dennis Curtin, spokesman for Weis Markets, told the Times that number could be even higher — between 125 and 150.
"We will invest several million dollars in this store to refurbish it and get it ready for opening," Curtin said. "We hope to open sometime late in the fourth quarter this year or early in the first quarter of 2013."
Marks said the discussions between Weis Markets, whose corporate office is in Sunbury, Pa., and Kimco Realty, which manages the property, have been ongoing for the last three or four months.
However, the lease was not finalized until this week.
Curtin said that with 25 stores in Maryland, including nearby stores in Perry Hall and White Marsh, a Towson location "is a natural extension of our market presence in this part of Maryland."
Marks did not have details about the layout of the new Weis, but said there would not be a gas station at the store.
David Kosak, president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations and a resident of nearby Fellowship Forest, said the news was "great."
Since Superfresh closed, Kosak said residents have had to travel to the Safeway just south of the Beltway or the Giant just north of the city line.
With the redevelopment of that vacant storefront, plus restaurants being built in the plaza, Kosak said Towson Place is becoming "a more viable area."
"I'm glad to hear that something's going into that space," he said. "The worst thing we can have in Towson is vacant retail space."
Founded in 1912 and celebrating its 100th anniversary, Weis Markets Inc. employs some 18,000 people, according to its corporate website, with stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and West Virginia.
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