Wednesday, August 29, 2012
WESTBARD GIANT UNVEILS NEW ORGANIC DEPARTMENT - IS IT THE BEST IN BETHESDA?
Another Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row Exclusive
Everyone is trying to eat healthier these days, and that just got easier at the Westbard Giant. The longtime grocery store in the Westwood Shopping Center, on Westbard Avenue in Bethesda, just opened a new organic department.
Replacing the flower shop at the front corner of the store, it is the first phase of the store's current renovation. Which is odd, because they just renovated the store a few years ago.
Aside from the selection, the design touches reflect the theme. Hardwood floors with a natural woodgrain, and eco-friendly LED lighting, stand out against the larger store area.
I grew up near this Giant, and still think it is the best in Bethesda. The change in flooring when you enter the organic department generates a bit of nostalgia.
When I was a kid, the far end of this store - about where the frozen aisles are today - was set up as a small department store. They had clothes, books, and many other things. When you got to that area, you would push your cart over a mountable edge - bump, bump - from the tile floor onto the carpeting of the department store area.