by Benn Ray
In fact, it had almost become a favorite place to shop for me since there were never any customers there and always multiple cashiers waiting to ring me up.
But now, Fresh & Green's seems to have come full circle, with employees and customers wondering just what the hell is going on and shelves looking bare.
I noticed things were amiss on Sunday, January 22 when I stopped in after the disappointing Ravens game to pick up some supplies.
The produce section looked a little wiped out. My initial thought was that a lot of people were having gameday parties and making food, but we're talking about football fans. Let's face it, folks weren't making refreshing salads for the big game. So gameday wasn't really any explanation at all.
The situation in the produce section proceeded to worsen. Tonight, just one week later, there's hardly any produce in the store.
So what's going on at Fresh & Green's? That's the question everyone who relies on the market for food wants to know.
According to reports, even the staff and management don't know what's going on. The manager has evidently still been placing orders, but the food hasn't come.
If the store was trying to reduce inventory to make room for the renovations promised on the side outside as you enter the market, it seems reasonable to assume they would tell the managers to adjust orders accordingly. But if orders are placed and vendors aren't delivering, that suggests an issue with accounts payable -meaning vendors may not be getting paid (an indicator of a financial issue).
I have contacted Fresh & Green's corporate offices and inquired about the state of the market, and its future, but at this point, they have not gotten back to me.
It should be noted that the Fresh & Green's never managed to regain the customers lost after the switchover from Superfresh.
If this market fails, as an anchor store, it will continue to provide a lack of stability to the once bustling shopping plaza. At one point, a local, well-respected liquor store tried to move into the plaza but was blocked by community interests. This too could have provided much-needed activity in the plaza.
And then, should the rumors about Giant moving from the Rotunda into the Fresh & Green's location (which seems unlikely to me at this point), prove true, then that destabilizes the Rotunda by removing its anchor. And that will make things slightly less convenient for the senior communities who rely on the Giant for food.
But that leaves one nagging question - what's happening at the Fresh & Green? And at this point, no one seems to know for sure.