LA Mart gro­cery to open in Oak­land Mills

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - — Erin B. Lo­gan, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group

A Mary­land-based gro­cery chain plans to open its fourth store in a 39,279-square­foot space in Oak­land Mills Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter in Columbia.

LA Mart, serv­ing the Washington metropoli­tan area, spe­cial­izes in in­ter­na­tion­ally fo­cused foods.

The Oak­land Mills build­ing was pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by Food Lion and later Weis Mar­kets, which left in June, two years af­ter Weis’ ac­qui­si­tion of sev­eral Food Lion stores. The Bal­ti­more Busi­ness Jour­nal said the firm wanted a store that can serve a more di­verse pop­u­la­tion.

“We felt that with the other tra­di­tional gro­cery stores ...we needed to do some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent,” said Lawrence Hoff­man of H&R Re­tail, a real es­tate bro­ker­age.

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