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Trader Joes Opening in College Park

The City of College Park confirms that grocer Trader Joe’s is coming to the Aster development at 4429 Calvert Road at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue. Trader Joe’s has over 500 stores nationwide. The College Park store will have approximately 14,000 square feet of space. It will feature traditional Trader Joe’s items and their environmentally friendly products. Of note, Trader Joe’s Neighborhood Shares Program donates 100% of unsold products to local food recovery organizations. Mayor Patrick Wojahn stated, “The City of College Park collaborated with the County to help make the case for this location, anchored in a growing community and a thriving college town. College Park is thrilled to welcome Trader Joe’s to our diverse and vibrant community. This high-quality grocer will provide a great business for our residents and visitors, making another milestone in our reinvention of downtown College Park.” Trader Joe’s will open in Fall 2022.

Mr. Fries Man Opening

HELLLOOOO!! West Coast-based Mr. Fries Man had a Grand Opening at the Campus Village Shoppes 8147 Baltimore Avenue this past weekend. The City of College Park welcomes Owner Ms. Belinda Bortsi. The friendly venue is decorated with local Terp scenes and stories of the franchise’s beginnings.  The Mr. Fries Man menu is filled with great munchies mrfriesman.com. Come check it out. Hours are: Everyday 11 am to 9pm.

The College Park Farmers Market is Open

The College Park Farmers Market at the Hollywood Shopping Center started on May 7th and will open every Saturday 9am-1pm thru November 19, 2022. There are several vendors offering locally made and produced goods. For more information, please contact Julie Beavers at julbeavers@gmail.com.

City of College Park-American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

as of April 26, 2022

In March 2021, The U.S. Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). ARPA provides funding for many programs and services to citizens and small businesses of College Park. The Graph below will illustrate some of the uses and positive impact of ARPA funding in our community.

College Park based Families, Individuals, and Businesses can apply for ARPA Assistance at www.collegeparkmd.gov/arpa

College Park Welcomes Shop Made in Maryland

The new City Hall building in downtown College Park will feature retailer Shop Made in Maryland. This company showcases local made products. The City of College Park contributed a grant of $75,000 towards the construction buildout of the ground floor space.

The Maryland shop will include a small dining area serving Cameo Coffee and space to host events and classes for local merchants and artisans. There are plans to serve locally produced beer and wine.  Any local based makers and artists who want to sell their goods at the store should apply at shopmadeinmd.net.

Thus far, The Shop Made venture has had a tremendous impact in their partnering communities:

  • $4 million dollars directly back to local makers
  • 423 Makers served: 231 Makers and their products
  • 10% of Makers now have their storefronts
  • 98% of Makers saw a growth in business: 60% saw growth of more than 25%
  • 20% of Makers shifted from part time to full time
  • 43% of Makers have hired staff
  • 87% of Makers are women
  • 35% of Makers are people of color

Stacey Price, Co-founder of Shop Made In, concept was named the Washington Business Journal’s Small Business Owner of the Year in 2020 for her work.

The College Park shop will be the eighth store in the chain of Shop Made In. Shop Made also has an ecommerce site for local goods. 

Any questions, please email: economicdevelopment@collegeparkmd.gov.

DIRECTORY OF OPEN BUSINESSES DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK

A listing of essential businesses still operating in College Park can be found here: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/312/COVID-19-City-Updates#openbusinesses

Welcome to College Park Lidl!

Lidl, a grocery store company based in Germany, opened one of its first locations in the U.S. in College Park. The company (pronounced “leedle”) prides itself on its high quality products, low prices, and its efficient and enjoyable shopping experience. This is no cookie-cutter grocery store – it is designed to help customers get in an out quickly and easily. It also offers more than just food, including small appliances or kitchen gadgets, to stylish gear for the whole family, to toys and power tools, to home décor and gardening supplies, and much more. Lidl also manages to partner with local and regional farms and suppliers, while also offering new favorites and flavors from all over the world.

Gong Cha opens under terrapin row

Gong Cha teas can be blended with a variety of fruits, toppings and creative mixes. Gong Cha prides itself on offering fresh tea and toppings to our customer’s everyday by keeping their tea and tapioca pearls are fresh every four hours. Bubble tea is their specialty and they are excited to have their customers enjoy a great cup of tea with Gong Cha.

Downtown College Park welcomes CB Chinese Grill

The owners and operators of College Park’s bustling Northwest Chinese Food has opened their second restaurant in College Park. The restaurant serves traditional Chinese food called Chun Bing, or “spring pancake,” a cuisine unique to the northern China as well. The spring pancakes are wrapped around traditionally seasoned veggies and meats. If you’ve enjoyed Northwest Chinese Food, be sure to check out this new restaurant.

Playa Bowls opens in College Park

Playa Bowls is College Park’s most recent addition to increasingly popular fast-casual açai bowl establishments. The founders were inspired to start the company after falling in love with the açai and pitaya bowls they encountered while surfing in Hawaii, California and Central America. The College Park location is their first in Maryland, and offers a variety of super-food bowls, smoothies and juices.