First announced years ago and a few years behind the original schedule, Towson’s Whole Foods Market is set to open on Friday, January 14.

The nearly 60,000 square foot grocery store will be the anchor for Towson Row, a mixed-use development at the intersection of York Road and Towsontown Boulevard. Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, calls it, “probably one of the biggest things that has hit us in a long time.”

“They have quality products, good service and a great reputation,” she says. “And now there are a few thousand people living within walking distance of a new one. The people who can walk there change the dynamics of the community.

County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. says the project has been a long time coming: “After many years of dedicated effort by everyone involved, the official opening of this new flagship project is a milestone. another exciting sign that greater Towson is rapidly transforming into a regional destination. for people to live, work, study, shop and eat,” he says.

The Towson location will feature an upstairs mezzanine with a lounge, archway and outdoor seating; a community room available for meetings and working groups; a full-service coffee bar; a seafood counter; prepared foods; a bakery; and more, depending on the company.

Whole Foods says it wants to focus on its location in Maryland and its proximity to Baltimore, in part, by offering local produce.

“Our team members are thrilled to finally open our doors after putting so much work and planning into Whole Foods Market Towson,” says Ashley Chaney, Senior Store and Local Marketing Specialist. “We look forward to sharing our locally made products with the community and serving as a dining and wellness destination for the people of Towson.”

Kathleen Leverenz, Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic ‘Local Forager’, says the store will feature more than 1,000 local products. Ahead of the grand opening, we asked her to share some of the Baltimore-made items she’s most excited about. Here’s what to look out for while walking the aisles: