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New grocery store chain coming to Baltimore

Posted at 12:38 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 11:59:26-05

BALTIMORE — A new grocery store chain is coming to the Baltimore area.

Compare Foods, grocery stores founded by Eligio “Leo” Pena, which has now expanded to 100 locations throughout six states, has selected Alameda Marketplace for its initial entry point into the greater Baltimore metropolitan region.

Compare Foods acquired the lease from Shoppers Food (Shoppers) and will occupy 24,650 square feet in the former space that recently closed.

Compare Foods intends to open by the end of March, 2020 and will employ more than 50 part-time and full-time workers.

The grocery store also intends to open a second Baltimore City location at Anchor Square on Eastern Avenue as well as three in Prince George’s County, all acquired from Shoppers.

Operating in six states including New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Florida, Compare Foods is using the purchase to initiate a Mid-Atlantic expansion program.

Compare Foods sells more than 50,000 grocery items including fresh meat, fruits and vegetables and features deli and seafood departments. The location will also feature a hot bar buffet and prepared foods area and bakery with all products produced daily and on-site.

“Compare Foods is configured as a traditional grocery store and there will be something for everyone in the surrounding community,” explained Eligio “Leo” Pena, Founder of Compare Foods. “Our operation is comparable to the former Shoppers but will also include a larger and more varied selection of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats.”