A spokesman for
Fifth District County Councilman
"I am very familiar with Weis Markets from its
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
However, the lease was not finalized until this week.
Curtin said that with 25 stores in Maryland, including nearby stores in Perry Hall and
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
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.