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Specialty Grocer Opens First Prince George’s County Location
Prince George’s County Council Vice Chair Dannielle Glaros (D) – District 3, joined Whole Foods Market officials and County residents to celebrate the grand opening of Prince George’s County’s first Whole Foods Market during a traditional “bread-breaking” ceremony today, April 12, 2017.
Vice Chair Glaros, who biked to the ceremony from her home in Riverdale Park, says this is an exciting time for Prince George’s County and District 3.
“This grocery store has been anticipated for a long time and I am glad that today the doors are open" said Vice Chair Glaros. “Getting to this point was not an easy process, and we had some spirited debate along the way, but I am confident that Whole Foods Riverdale will serve as a wonderful community partner and send a clear regional message that Prince George’s County is the place to be.”
Whole Foods Market Riverdale, located at 6621 Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) in Riverdale Park Station, includes among many features a self-serve fresh brewed coffee and espresso, cold fresh juice on tap, and a custom superfruit acai bowl bar.
The store is part of a larger mixed use project that will see additional retail open throughout the year, including Burton's Grill, Old Line Bank, and District Taco. Additional road, bike, and pedestrian connections will also open including a much anticipated new bridge to connect neighborhoods to the growing UMD Discovery District at the College Park Metro, and the missing link to the Trolley Trail, a north/south bike trail which connects riders into D.C.
Vice Chair Glaros also noted the significant impact a Whole Foods Market will have on the local economy.
“Local growers and producers will have an opportunity to feature their products at the new Whole Foods location; more residents will have access to jobs close to home; and Whole Foods customers who may be unfamiliar with the area might enjoy exploring the wonderful amenities offered in Riverdale Park Station and along Baltimore Avenue,” adding, “Businesses and residents have a new-found interest in the area and these are these types of things really boost the local economy. I encourage everyone to experience the ‘modern-day renaissance’ happening in Riverdale and throughout the County.”
Residents visiting the Whole Foods are encouraged to take Route One Ride (Bus 17), which will offer free bus service April 12 through April 14 to ease traffic congestion during the first three days of operation.
All legislative powers of Prince George’s County are vested in the County Council. The County Council sits as the District Council on zoning and land use policy, and as the Board of Health to govern and guide health policy. The County Council meets as a legislative body on Tuesdays in the Council Hearing Room on the first floor of the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro. For more information on the Prince George’s County Council, please visit www.princegeorgescountymd.gov.