Sprouts Sets Tentative Opening Date for First Montgomery County Location

Sprouts, the first business announced as part of the renovated Burtonsville Crossing shopping center, has set a tentative opening date according to its website.

The grocery store plans to open on Friday, January 19th, a little bit later than the previously anticipated November date. Sprouts was the first to sign a lease for the renovated Burtonsville Crossing and will be opening the grocery chain’s first Montgomery County location in the shopping center.

When opening new stores. Sprouts often hosts a “pop-up party” in front of the store that gives guests the chance to taste seasonal produce from the tasting bar, play games, have their face painted, watch artists carve large produce, participate in a special “guess the weight” contest of an oversized piece of produce and more. The family-friendly activities generally last for the whole weekend. When the grand opening date is officially announced, any activities or celebrations coinciding with it will be confirmed.

Earlier this year, EDENS received a $3.5 million grant towards the renovations of the shopping center. The District 14 Legislative Delegation, consisting of Senator Craig J. Zucker, Delegates Anne Kaiser, Bernice Mireku-North, and Pamela Queen, requested that the funding be secured after hearing the community’s visions for the future of the space. Additional information and quotes regarding the funding from earlier this year can be seen below:

“We are very pleased with today’s Board of Public Works vote to release the $3.5 million in funding for this project, said Senator Zucker and Delegates Kaiser, Mireku-North, and Queen. “East County is a diverse area, and this funding represents the beginning of a more significant commitment from the District 14 team, the State of Maryland, and Montgomery County, are going to put into this project. The people of Burtonsville and East County deserve a world-class shopping center, and we are glad we helped make this a reality.”

“I join the residents of Burtonsville in their excitement for the new Burtonsville Crossing Shopping Center,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “Soon, a Sprouts grocery store, a TJ Maxx, and Domain Fitness & Performance will anchor a beautifully renovated shopping center that has remained vacant for far too long. The success of the Burtonsville Shopping Center is due to a successful partnership between state leaders, the County government, community members, and EDENS. The 3.5 million approved today is a critical piece, and I want to thank the Maryland Board of Public Works, consisting of Governor Moore, Comptroller Lierman, and Treasurer Davis, for their approval. I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Zucker and Delegates Kaiser, Mireku-North, and Queen as we further invest in the growth and prosperity of the Burtonsville community.”

Featured photo courtesy of Dave Golden

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Free Community Father-Daughter Dance

Fathers and father figures, create unforgettable memories with your daughter at our free community father-daughter dance on June 1st, from 6-8 pm. Hosted outdoors at Olney Baptist Church. This event offers a delightful outdoor experience complete with a DJ spinning tunes, interactive games, a charming photo booth, delicious treats, and exciting raffle prizes. Fathers/father figures and daughters of all ages are warmly welcomed to share in this special evening together. Join us for an evening of joy, laughter, and cherished moments!

In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.

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