The Fresh Market, Mars moving in closed SuperFresh locations

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January 19, 2011 | Andrea Walker | andrea.walker@baltsun.com

SuperFresh didn't think certain stores in the Baltimore market were worth keeping open, but competing supermarkets have a different feeling.

The Fresh Market and Mars will take over two of the closed SuperFresh locations later this year.

The Fresh Market will move into the store on Dulaney Valley Road, across from Towson Town Center. Mars will take the spot in Bel Air at the corner of Business Route 1 and Route 24.

I am still waiting to hear details from both companies, including opening dates.

Mars is a small regional chain with several markets in the area.

The Fresh Market, based in North Carolina, is fairly new to the market with just two locations in Annapolis and at The Quarry Lake project in Baltimore County. The Fresh Market is an upscale market that models itself after open-air markets in Europe.

The SuperFresh building seems small for The Fresh Market, but one grocery observer said he thinks it could work.

Jeremy Diamond, whose family once owned grocery stores in the area, said The Fresh Market "will attract well-to-do customers who live and shop in the area."

It will need to be competitively priced to attract people further than a mile radius.

So, maybe SuperFresh closing wasn't such a bad thing after all.

What do you all think about the replacements?