Middle River Residents Trying to Lure Trader Joe’s to Area

Middle River residents want a quality grocery store in their community. An online petition was started by members of the Greenleigh community off Route 43 in Middle River.

The petition is targeting a high quality grocery store but it is particularly hoping for a Trader Joe’s.

“As residents of the Greenleigh community in Middle River, MD, we face a daily struggle. Our community is in desperate need of a grocery store,” statement the opening statement of the petition page.

“Currently, we have to drive too far away from our community just to buy our basic necessities. This not only consumes our precious time but also adds unnecessary transportation costs.”

The group wants a grocery store built in the Greenleigh community on a vacant property owned by St. John Properties Inc.

The only grocery stores in the 21220 zip code is Geresbecks in Hawthrone and nearby Food Lion off Martin Boulevard.

Councilman David Marks, who represents the community, promoted the petition on his social media page. He said he supports the idea of a grocery store in Greenleigh.

“I’m lending my strong support to a Trader Joe’s on the Eastside. Let me make it clear – we’ve heard for years about the need for diverse grocery store options, and have actively made that suggestion to developers and shopping center owners,” Marks said in a statement.

“A Wegman’s, Trader Joe’s, Graul’s, or other store would be welcome on the Eastside, but the developers of Greenleigh are specifically targeting Trader Joe’s for the vacant lot there. Middle River is, to some extent, a food desert. Residents have few options. Please sign the petition!”

The petition is looking for 2,500 online signature and had reached over 1,600 signatures as of Friday afternoon.

It is unclear if the community is collecting signatures to present to St. John Properties Inc., and/or Trader Joe’s or as a way to draw interest among Middle River residents.

For more information, go to their community page


Benjamin Joseph

Benjamin Joesph has covered news in Eastern Baltimore County since 2006. He started as a reporter with the original East County Times in 2006. He started East Baltco News and later Eastcountytimes.com in 2022.