Standing in the produce aisle of Giant Food on Fairlawn Avenue in the Laurel Shopping Center, State Sen. Jim Rosapepe and City Councilwoman Donna Crary helped employees celebrate the grand reopening of the Laurel supermarket Friday morning.
"This particular store is an enormously important local community institution, and everybody in Laurel knows it," said Rosapepe. "Giant is the local supermarket for the Washington area. Built here, created here and serving the area."
The supermarket has often served as a base of operations for delegates to host mobile office hours to meet with their constituents, added Rosapepe.
"I think it's very important that we all shop local in our community, and so I support you and also ask you to support my local business, too," Crary said.
Though the building did not undergo any major structural changes, the store will now include an expanded selection across all of the fresh food sections, especially the meat and produce area, according to store manager Scott Bonsall.
"We've also reworked the grocery department to better reflect the demographics of our community," he said. "Lastly, but maybe most importantly, we reduced prices on hundreds of items across all of the fresh areas to better help our neighborhood."
In addition, Giant Food made a $2,500 donation to Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, a local faith-based organization that aims to help families in crisis.