David’s Natural Market, a full-service food store specializing in natural and organic meats, produce, dairy products and vitamins, will celebrate their expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 2. The new 4,800-square foot store at 1523E Rock Spring Road in the Bel Air North Village Shopping Center offers health-conscious customers a full line of organic produce, a walk-in cooler stocked with to-go lunches, a large selection of allergy-free merchandise and agricultural products from local farms.
The Market, formerly located in a 1,500 square foot space in Bel Air, has increased its business 75 percent in Harford County as the demand for organic food, lacking synthetic and chemical ingredients has grown.
“We have had a steady increase in our clientele each year,“ said Jill Stankis, manager of the Forest Hill store. “New studies are released each month identifying the new and concerning side-effects of eating foods that have been treated with pesticides, chemicals, and hormones. As a result, more and more people are opting to eliminate by-products and preservatives from their diets.”
Stankis also credits the store’s growth to the growing popularity and expansion of gluten-free and allergy-free products.
“Ten years ago there were only a handful of these products in the marketplace, now people with celiac disease and other food allergies can find products that are good tasting and delicious,” said Stankis.
David’s Natural Market offers the largest gluten-free product line in the County, and attributes nearly a third of their sales to this hard-to-find merchandise.
“David’s Natural Market offers a one-of-a-kind experience. This, their strategic location on Route 24 in Forest Hill, and the area’s expanding population offers a competitive advantage in the retail market.” said Debbie Haney, senior real estate advisor with MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC, who represented the Landlord in the transaction.
“We are thrilled with the outstanding, and long-term success of David’s Natural Market and anticipate they will continue to increase their business at the new location,” said Jim Richardson, director of the Harford County Office of Economic Development. “We are fortunate in Harford County that APG, a thriving health care industry, close proximity to Baltimore, and a number of other market drivers help cushion our economy from the impacts of the national recession, allowing progressive businesses to expand in any market.”
David’s Natural Market, which also operates stores in Columbia and Gambrills, employs 15 in Harford County, including three nutritionists, who can offer assistance for those who may have questions about special diets and nutritional supplements. Plans for the May 2 ribbon cutting include organic food tastings, free samples, coupons, children’s entertainment and outdoor vendors.