A 15-month project to renovate Eddie’s of Roland Park is scheduled to begin this summer.
The owners of the 77-year-old, family-owned grocer hope that planned upgrades will create a more open shopping experience and a “polished” new look, according to a Monday news release.
The Roland Avenue grocery store will be open during the renovation, which could start “as early as June,” the release states.
“This is incredibly exciting for us,” Eddie’s vice president and co-owner Michael Schaffer said in the release. “It has literally been years in the planning, and my family is grateful to the longtime shoppers and devoted fans who have been cheering on this process with great anticipation.”
Upgrades planned as part of the renovation will include: a new cantilevered steel above the main entrance; more windows to boost natural light; LED lighting; improved circulation; energy-efficient refrigeration and freezer cases; new shelving, fixtures and categorization; upgrades to full-service departments; an expanded salad bar; a centralized wine and spirits department; a new vestibule with automated doors; a fountain for water bottles; and two gender-neutral public restrooms. An exposed wood ceiling, wider aisles, and improved flow and wayfinding are intended to help make the renovated store feel more open for customers.
The Baltimore-based Ziger|Snead Architects is serving as the project’s design firm. The Roland Park Civic League and Wyndhurst Improvement Association support the renovation, according to the release. Morabito Consultants, FSi Engineers, Birchfield Jacobs Foodsystems, Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc., Flux Studio Ltd, Proutt Consulting, and Lewis Contractors are partners in the project.
“The year was not without its difficulties,” president and co-owner Nancy Cohen said in the release. “But we have a wonderful staff that really pulled together. Between our employee’s dedication, the loyalty of our community and vendors, and now this amazing project finally getting underway — there is a lot to be optimistic about and thankful for.”
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