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Eldersburg welcomes grocery outlet, anticipates new Nashville hot chicken restaurant

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Eldersburg is welcoming two new food-related businesses to the southeastern part of Carroll County.

A grand opening was held Thursday for the new Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, in Freedom Village Shopping Center on Georgetown Boulevard in Eldersburg.


Amber and Gregory Phelps of Sykesville are the independent owners and operators of the new 22,069-square-foot Grocery Outlet, which targets customers looking for fresh meat, fruits, vegetables and frozen foods at low prices, according to a news release from Continental Realty Corporation, a commercial real estate and investment company headquartered in Baltimore.

Sykesville residents Gregory and Amber Phelps, owner/operators of the new Grocery Outlet, welcome guests for the grand opening of the store in the Freedom Village Shopping Center in Eldersburg on Thursday, November 16, 2023.

During a grand opening celebration, which included a ribbon-cutting, music, balloons and a line of customers waiting outside to shop, the couple presented a $1,000 check from the store to the South Carroll Food Bank.


This is the Grocery Outlet’s first store in Carroll County, but sixth location in Maryland. Other stores are in Catonsville, Edgewood, Glen Burnie, Hagerstown and Salisbury.

The Freedom Village Shopping Center is anchored by Goodwill Industries and the Centers for Advanced Orthopedics. The shopping center features more than 20 businesses, including Rite Aid, Panera Bread and Celebree School.

“Grocery stores typically bring customers to a shopping center one or more times weekly and attract repeat shoppers,” said Kristina O’Keefe, vice present of Continental Realty Corporation’s Commercial Division, in the news release. “This will benefit the other stores in the center as consumers take advantage of one stop shopping to complete errands.”

Early next year, Crimson Coward Nashville Hot Chicken will open at Liberty Exchange, a 40-acre mixed-use business and retail center at the intersection of Route 32 and Route 26 (Liberty Road) in Eldersburg.

The menu will consist of hand-breaded, fresh, boneless breast chicken, tenders and wings, according to a news release from St. John Properties, a commercial real estate company founded in 1971. The restaurant will have five heat levels to choose from — “Burn Baby Burn,” to “country with no heat.”

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Liberty Exchange comprises seven buildings. Tenants include 1623 Brewing Company, Basta Pasta, Kinara Indian Cuisine and Norwood Ice Cream.