Seasons Set to Open Tuesday

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Kosher foodies have long anticipated the opening of Seasons, and on Aug. 22, that wait will be over.

The New York-based supermarket chain will open its doors to the public with a soft opening Tuesday morning. Plans for the upscale grocer, at 1630 Reisterstown Road, were announced roughly three years ago.

“It’s all about relationships,” said Zachary Richards, regional director of operations for the Baltimore grocery store. “We want our customers to come back.”

The specialty retailer will sell a variety of gourmet and mainstream products in its departments, which include bakery, meat and butcher, sushi, deli and appetizers, fish and grocery. It has hired and trained 75 employees.

Richards said workers are in the process of fully stocking the store, meaning it will be “ready to go” when customers come through the doors next week.

Seasons has four locations in and around New York City as well as two in New Jersey, one in Clifton and another in Lakewood.

The grocery store will rival Pikesville’s Seven Mile Market, the area’s only other full-service supermarket that is certified kosher.

In a previous interview with the JT, Richards said he believes the Baltimore area can accommodate two kosher markets based on the demand from Jewish and non-Jewish customers.

“We’re a supermarket that happens to be kosher,” Richards told the JT in June. “It’s really a supermarket for everybody. We definitely carry Jewish ‘soul food,’ if you will.”

Seasons will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to midnight on Thursdays and 7 a.m. until two hours before Shabbat on Fridays, according to its website. For more information, visit seasonskosher.com.

smedel@midatlanticmedia.com

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