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Kosher grocery to open in Baltimore


Convinced of a burgeoning demand for gefilte fish and matzo ball soup, the owners of the E-ZEE Markets in Hampden are poised to open a kosher supermarket in the Fallstaff Shopping Center on Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore.

Dubbed the Kosher Pantry, the 20,000-square-foot store will open by Tuesday, says Joseph M. Kowitz, co-owner of two E-ZEE supermarkets in the Hampden area of Baltimore.

With only one kosher supermarket in the area now -- the Seven Mile Market in Pikesville -- Mr. Kowitz said there is plenty of room for another. "The Jewish community has been growing, and there is a need for another kosher supermarket," he said.

He bases his optimism on an estimated local demand for kosher food that amounts to more than half a million dollars a week from 2,500 to 3,000 families.

For the past 27 years, Mr. Kowitz and his brother, Ervin J. Kowitz, have been operating their neighborhood supermarket on Elm Street. In 1982, they added a store a few blocks away on Falls Road, at a former A&P; site.

The new Kosher Pantry site has seen Kash & Karry and A&P; come and go. The most recent occupant was Food Depot.

Fat-free cookies at Giant

For those suffering from the shortage of SnackWell fat-free devil's food cookies, Giant Food Inc. has come up with an antidote -- Chocolate Devil's Food Cookies.

The popular Nabisco cookies have been hard to find in many stores, and TV commercials for the cookie feature a desperate pack of women threatening a timid cookie maker.

The Giant versions, which came out two weeks ago, sell for $1.32 for an 8.5-ounce package, compared with $2.29 for the Nabisco brand, according to Giant spokesman Barry F. Scher. But like the originals, the Giant brand, introduced two weeks ago, is in high demand, Mr. Scher says.

Tuesday Morning hours

Tuesday Morning, the Dallas-based chain that doesn't believe in being open when people aren't shopping, has opened its fourth store in the Baltimore area.

The store, at 844 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park, opened on Feb. 17 and will feature the company's usual selection of crystal, china, gifts, bed and bath linens, toys, decorative accessories and holiday trim.

The company, which has 232 stores in 32 states, has the unusual policy of being open only during four peak sales periods during the year.

"Why be open if no one is buying?" said Barbara F. Buzzell, a spokeswoman for the chain.

This year, the Tuesday Morning stores will be open from Feb. 17 to March 27, April 28 to June 26, Aug. 18 to Sept. 25 and Oct. 13 to Dec. 31, Ms. Buzzell said.

IRS at Towson Town

If you happen to be in Towson Town Center and are suddenly seized by the need to solve a tax problem, you're in luck.

The helpful folks from the Internal Revenue Service will be at the mall's Grand Court on Level 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and next Saturday to answer tax questions.

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