Brothers Behind Chevy Chase Supermarket Open Corner Market and Pharmacy in Rockville

The 3,000-square-foot store sells food, produce and home supplies


Inside the Corner Market and Pharmacy

Joe Zimmermann

The owners of the recently closed Chevy Chase Supermarket have opened their newest, smaller-scale store in Rockville.

The Corner Market and Pharmacy opened Wednesday at 1119 Nelson St.

Jason Kirsch, who co-owns the store with his brother Kevin Kirsch, stood by the register in the store Wednesday, chatting with customers and telling them about the store’s offerings.

“We’re neighborhood people and this is a neighborhood that needs a store, so it’s a perfect match,” he said.

The Rockville store is the second Corner Market and Pharmacy, after one the Kirsches and Elnaz Darj opened on Grubb Road in Silver Spring in 2016.

At about 3,000 square feet, the store is a smaller concept than their Chevy Chase Supermarket, which closed in March, but still offers a full-service pharmacy and a wide selection of food and home goods. The local Canella Bakery will serve bread out of the store starting in the coming week.

Kirsch said they decorated the store with hardwoods to create a more inviting atmosphere.

“It’s not a sterile 7-Eleven,” he said. “It’s warmer, more comfortable.”

In the coming year, Kirsch said they’re planning on opening about three more similar corner stores, though they haven’t chosen locations. In the fall, the Kirsches will open Poolesville Market, a 7,000-square-foot store.

When Chevy Chase Supermarket closed, he said the brothers were looking for another site in the Bethesda or Chevy Chase area. He said they’re now focused on expanding the corner stores but haven’t ruled out a return to the Bethesda area.

The future bakery section, and mini-carts for kids. Photos by Joe Zimmermann

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