The new Bethesda Market is getting pretty close to opening in the space that housed the old Bethesda Market, in the Shops at Sumner Place.
Remember my report on the liquor license application, which listed "Bethesda Market" as the name of the future beer, wine and deli market? The new ownership confirms that they are indeed keeping the Bethesda Market name, which is well known in the community.
Why is this big news for residents of Sumner, Fort Sumner, and Glen Echo Heights?
Because they have gone for over a year without a beer and wine retailer in their neighborhood. Many residents, most especially those living in the apartment complexes surrounding Sumner Place, will be able to take a short walk over to the market for beer and wine.
Another target audience is across the street: employees of the intelligence campus on Sangamore Road, whose numbers will only increase in the coming years.
Bethesda Market is also remembered as a host of many beer and wine tastings, another welcome option in the neighborhood.
Last night, a lighted Budweiser and St. Pauli Girl sign were installed on the storefront windows, above the window covering.
A third sign will interest the unemployed in Bethesda: one on the front that read, "Hiring!"