Federal Realty Announces New Grocery Store at Rockville Town Square

A long-anticipated grocery store will open at the Rockville Town Square in spring 2012.

After several attempts to lure such an anchor to the mixed-use development, Rockville-based Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) announced yesterday that Ellwood Thompson's has finalized its lease for a grocery store with organic offerings.

Ellwood Thompson's has one other location in the Richmond, Va area but the Rockville location will be labeled Dawson's Market and is located at the intersection of Beall Avenue and North Washington Street. The 15,000 square-foot space will supply organic produce and meats from local farms.

Ellwood Thompson's named the new store after the Dawson Family which owned a large farm in the vicinity of Rockville's core.

"We look forward to partnering with local vendors, farmers and artisans, and working with Federal Realty to bring our local market concept to Rockville Town Square," stated Rick Hood, owner of Ellwood Thompson's. "We have chosen the name 'Dawson's Market' because of the heritage of the Dawson family and farm in the area. Like the Dawson's did, we will be supporting the local Rockville community while providing healthy and local products to our customers."

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