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New Martin's Food Market opens north of Hagerstown

September 11, 2008|By JANET HEIM

HAGERSTOWN -- When Daniel Martin opened a fruit stand on Pennsylvania Avenue 72 years ago, he probably never envisioned the technology and grocery options available in the newest store that bears his name.

The Martin's Food Market at 18726 N. Pointe Drive opened for business at 8 a.m. Wednesday, just blocks from the Fountainhead Plaza store it replaces.

The grand opening included a ribbon-cutting ceremony with representatives from Martin's and the community, including Washington County Commissioners President John Barr. About 15 former associates who worked for Martin's in 1970 when the North End store was purchased by Giant Food Stores were on hand.

"We're going to put on a good show today and every day. We're excited about serving you," store manager Colin Snyder said.

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During the ceremony, $14,000 in donations to local community organizations was distributed, including $10,000 to Food Resources and $1,000 each to Washington County Public Schools, Washington County Sheriff's Department -- Youth Court Program, Hagerstown Rescue Mission and Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Department.

Food Resources will use the money to establish a Kids' Café, a meal program for low-income children in after-school programs at Boys & Girls Club of Washington County and Memorial Recreation Center.

The Food Resources van now bears the Martin's logo because of "the consistent generosity of the Martin's/Giant Corporation with our food bank and funding of this landmark initiative for us," Food Resources Executive Director Ruth Anne Callaham said. She was joined by Jim Deaner of Boys & Girls Club, Robert Petties of Memorial Rec and three local youth.

The 26 Martin's Food Markets in four states are owned by Giant Food Stores, with headquarters in Carlisle, Pa. Three of those stores are in Hagerstown.

In addition to the departments common to most Martin's Food stores, this 85,000-square-foot store features a Bulk Size Aisle with club-size products and a Nature's Promise section with 3,500 natural and organic frozen, dairy, grocery and special diet products, including a gluten-free section.

A new feature is a WiFi café, where shoppers can enjoy free wireless Internet while sipping a cup of gourmet coffee. Martin's state-of-the-art EasyShop feature allows customers to use a hand-held device to scan and bag items in their cart as they shop, enabling them to track costs as they go.

Shopping Solutions kiosks throughout the store will feature printable coupons and more than 2,500 recipes, as well as a product locator.

At the Cook's Corner, shoppers can watch Martin's chefs prepare recipes. All of the ingredients and accessories to prepare the recipes at home will be displayed in that section.

"We're bringing the Food Network to the community. People are cutting back on eating out, but still want restaurant-quality meals," said Chef Hal Bartz.

This is his third store with Giant Foods and he will be demonstrating a new recipe starting each Sunday, based on Bonus Buy specials. He will be in the store Thursdays to Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More information can be obtained at MartinsFoods.com.

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