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Mar 11, 2008 12:43 PM

Produce Galore - Columbia Closing

I was very sad to learn that Produce Galore in Columbia is closing as of Friday. I went there today to pick up lunch, and the place was already looking pretty bare. They will be missed.

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  1. WOW....I'm shocked !

    Produce Galore has been an original Columbia culinary institution for many years.
    Definitely the best variety of Home Made soups in the Baltimore-Washington area
    Does anyone know if new owners are taking over?
    I live in Owings Mills and usually make Produce galore a destination when I'm in the area.
    I will miss them !

    1. I think TJs was the final nail in their coffin. Hopefully they will but in a new grocery store since the David's Natural food store has its own niche. Article in Wash Post.

      4 Replies
      1. re: MrsWheatie

        If "TJs" is Trader Joes, I'm amazed! The only Trader Joes I've ever been to (in Newport News Virginia) had a terrible produce section.

        1. re: Hal Laurent

          The Trader Joes in Columbia (really, it's the outskirts of Columbia) is no where near Produce Galore.

          1. re: hon

            I really don't see a whole lot of similarity to Produce Galore and Trader Joes. THe attractions at Produce Galore were(----I guess I should use the past tense since they just closed) the salad and hot food bar, the fresh deli with prepared foods, the Hot HOme Made soup bar which featured 5 unique Home Made soups which changed every day and the baked goods ( from varios local bakeries). I love Trader Joes, but its just not a similar operation to Produce Galore

        2. re: MrsWheatie

          There is a lot of redundancy in the specialty market arena. David's Natural has doubled to tripled its size (in same center), Roots opened in Clarksville a few miles away, Lotte Plaza is not far, and Safeway and Giant got into the game. They all offer fresh to organic produce, prepared foods and pantry items to varying degrees of quality. Produce was one of the first to offer prepared foods and yummy soups. But that wasn't enough to compete. I will miss their breads, soups and salads, and it being a local business in the chain heavy burg of Columbia.

        3. Good Riddance! In fact, the produce was second rate. And the service was horrendous. Any request by a customer was greeted as an annoyance. The cashiers were rude, but that owner was worse. Unless he knew you, you were treated terribly.
          The traffic may have lessened, but these people did nothing by way of selection or service to save their business. Classic, old school "better than the stupid customer approach"
          Close and stay closed!

          1. There was an article on this in the WaPo (Friday or Saturday I think). Apparently the closing of the aged Giant in the Wilde Lake shopping center across the parking lot from Produce Galore is what really sent them down the tubes. The traffic just wasn't there. But the bleeding had already begun as chains began to invade Columbia.

            I have some good memories of Produce Galore from my brief residence in Harpers Choice, but that was 1990-1991, an eon ago in the world of retail food.

            1. I loved Produce Galore when I worked at the Rouse Company back in the 90's. We would practically eat lunch in there with all the samples. And the food bar was great. Where else could a girl watching her weight get a smidge of apple crisp or macaroni and cheese. The food was always good- unlike many other places that have prepared food where the food is not that good