Two new major supermarkets could be coming to the Eldersburg area.
The Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals gave a Pikesville group approval to build a Giant Food Inc. store near Routes 32 and 26 in Eldersburg.
The 67,600-square-foot store would be a SuperGiant, said Westminster attorney William B. Dulany, who represented the Eldersburg/Bevard Joint Venture at a hearing last week.
Farther east on Route 26, FoodLion plans this year to build a store at the intersection with Monroe Avenue.
Those plans also have been filed with the county.
The new Giant grocery store will be north of a Wal-Mart, which is planned at the same intersection.
The Giant will be built on 8 acres, which are part of a 61-acre site.
The store will be Giant's second in Carroll. The other is in Westminster.
Shoppers will be able to enter the center off Route 32 at Londontown Boulevard, where a traffic signal is proposed.
Mr. Dulany said a second entrance is likely to be built off Route 26.
County Planning Director Edmund R. Cueman has recommended that Londontown Boulevard be connected to Georgetown Boulevard to help traffic flow through the shopping center.
Food Lion has no other stores in Carroll, but officials said they are planning a store in Taneytown.
Construction should begin later this year.
The company also had planned a store in Westminster near the Wal-Mart store, but that project has been on hold for several years.
The supermarkets and Wal-Mart are part of a building spurt on or near Liberty Road east of Route 32 that also includes a new Carroll County Bank branch, a Home Depot hardware store, Oklahoma Road Middle School and a new senior citizens center.