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Sprouts Market coming to the long-time desolate Burtonsville Crossing!

When Giants closed and moved to a new Shopping Center across the street, Burtonsville Crossing fell into a fast decline. It's GREAT to hear they were able to secure a new anchor tenant with Sprouts! The article is incorrect in the statement that this will be the first market in suburban Maryland, as at least 1 exists, in Ellicott City already!

From Washington Business Journal:

By Daniel J. Sernovitz – Senior Staff Reporter, Washington Business Journal Jun 30, 2022

Edens has landed an anchor grocer tenant for a long-awaited revitalization of its Burtonsville Crossing retail center in eastern Montgomery County.

Sprouts Farmers Market plans to open a 23,000-square-foot store in the retail center by Old Columbia Pike and National Drive, filling a void created when Giant Food relocated to the Burtonsville Town Square Shopping Center a dozen years ago.

The lease for Sprouts, its first in suburban Maryland, is part of a growing local footprint for the Phoenix-based chain, which also plans to open in Manassas and has a third store in Herndon. More significantly for Edens, Sprouts should help draw other retailers to the roughly 130,000-square-foot property at 15791 Columbia Pike.

“Today marks a long-awaited phase for the property and an invitation for new retail partners to work with us,” David Germakian, managing director at Edens, said in a statement. “We are thankful for the support we have received so far and look forward to welcoming back the community once our renovations are complete.”

Revitalizing the center has been a major economic development aim for Montgomery County officials, and the county planning department kicked off a placemaking effort last June in collaboration with other partners. The 13-acre Burtonsville Crossing factored heavily into that effort. At the same time, the county rejected earlier pleas from the center's owner for assistance, taking the position it needed a new anchor tenant before it would consider offering financial incentives to aid the property.

Edens was in talks with a number of prospective anchors heading into the Covid-19 pandemic, which threw a big wrench into that effort, Germakian said in an interview. Sprouts emerged as a prospect during the public health crisis, and Edens viewed it as the ideal fit.

"They have a unique and elevated offering that, I think, will resonate with the community," he said. "We're a food-and-grocery-centric owner, operator and developer at our places, so finding the right grocery partner to kick things off was certainly an important milestone for us."

With Sprouts slated to open in the second half of next year, Edens plans a larger renovation of the center, to include improved building facades, expanded sidewalks with outdoor seating and dining, enhanced landscaping and a better traffic flow for pedestrians and vehicles. Those plans also call for a new plaza to be used for community events. Edens has indicated it envisions a Burtonsville remake similar to its Lidl-anchored Pinecrest Plaza in Northern Virginia, per The Moco Show. “Sprouts provides a springboard for further revitalization and offers residents more diverse food options,” County Executive Marc Elrich said in a statement. Elrich said the county will work with Edens to come up with a plan that integrates adjacent county-owned land with the center.

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