PATCH POLL: What Kind of Grocery Store Do You Want in College Park?

Developers recently said they hope to open a grocery store someday in the College Park Shopping Center.

After developers  at the College Park Shopping Center, conversation ensued among residents— and at a recent citizens association meeting—about which grocery store they wanted most.

Out of curiosity, let's put it to a poll. If College Park got another grocery store, what do you hope it would be?

And with the Shoppers and already in the city, does College Park need another grocery store? Is it dependent on whether or not the is approved? It would bring a Whole Foods Market just south of College Park.

Adelphi Sky January 31, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Actually, there will be a garage behind the Domain building. Quite awesome. http://www.jbgr.com/images/inner/properties/DomainatCollegePark.pdf
Danny January 31, 2012 at 04:29 PM
@Adelphi -- 10k sqft is on the small side for a trader joe's. they're usually closer to 15k. also, 37 parking spaces is likely not sufficient for a TJ's; it seems the domain retail space is designed for local community uses (dry cleaners, coffee shop, ice-cream shop, carry-out pizza, etc.), not destination retail.
Chris Tennant January 31, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I just went to the link Danny referred to regarding the old Koon's Ford site that is targeted for the construction of a hotel and he's right! One of the retail areas does appear to be large enough for a Trader Joe's, and apparently there will be ample parking for the same. Surely, TJ's could be persuaded to open a branch there. Even if they go ahead with a Harris Teeter at the other end of Old Town, there shouldn't be a problem with having two real grocers in the area. After all, we have umpteen burger and pizza joints within the downtown area, so why not two grocers, especially as most of us do not consider MOM'S or Shoppers really a part of the College Park area, given that they sit on the Northern boundary of CP and are not easily accessible by many people within College Park. In fact, most of Shopper's clientele comes from the Beltsville area.
Adelphi Sky January 31, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I agree. An excellent spot for a trader Joes. As we talk about grocers in College Park, has there been any thought to East Campus? has everyone given up on that development? there was supposed to be a grocery store there too. As the Turtle of the development group, I have a feeling it may loose out as the grocery store market may be saturated by the time it is completed. Which is certainly not a bad thing. College Park certainly has some decisions to make regarding getting the right mix of grocers.
Shannon Hoffman February 03, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Adelphi Sky -- They're actually working to finalize a date to break ground for the first phase of East Campus. http://collegepark.patch.com/articles/university-waits-to-learn-when-ground-can-be-broken-for-east-campus The first phase will probably include a hotel and conference center, as well as graduate housing, retail and an entertainment venue, but the specific types of retail aren't specified, yet.


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