Stories from the NFCCA Newsletter, the “Northwood News”

Northwood News ♦ October 2015

The Way Grocery Stores Ought to Be

Snider’s Super Market in Silver Spring

By Ed Levy

I know that as a reviewer I’m supposed to be objective, but with Snider’s I can’t help it.  I love this place!

What’s so great about Snider’s?  It’s friendly, the prices are competitive, and there’s always something new and interesting to try.  They have a great deli (with my personal favorites of Alpine Lace Swiss cheese, chopped liver, and cow’s tongue), fresh baked goods (including excellent bagels and pastries), and nice produce, and are one of the few Montgomery County grocery stores “grandfathered in” to be allowed to sell beer and wine.  They also sell great party platters made up of the good things mentioned above.

What else is great about Snider’s?  It’s big enough to have what you’re looking for, and small enough that no one will ever tell you that what you’re looking for is in Aisle 99Z, a 10-minute walk from where you’re standing.  Also, I’ve been able to check out in less than five minutes every time I visit, no matter how crowded the store is.

Owner Dave Snider’s parents, Lillian and Louis, were Ukrainian immigrants who opened the first Snider’s grocery store in 1922 on Georgia Avenue near Missouri Avenue, N.W., in D.C.’s Brightwood neighborhood.  Their store was strategically located near what was then the end of the streetcar line.  Mr. Snider says that he continues to follow his parents’ philosophy of providing good quality and competitive prices.

Snider’s Super Market, 1936 Seminary Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301.589.3240

Snider’s is slightly hidden away on Seminary Road, just off Georgia Avenue and just south of the Beltway.  Snider’s moved to the corner of Georgia and Seminary in Silver Spring in 1946, and built their current store down the block in 1961.

Manager Terry Sweet attributes the store’s success to customer service, friendly staff, good prices, and quick check-out.  He also tries to understand and provide exactly what the customers want.  Snider’s often can make special buys of items nearing their expiration dates, which they can sell at very low prices on the bargain shelves just inside the store’s entrance.

Sweet says the grocery market is getting more competitive with several new entrants, but he is confident that Snider’s has the right people and the right customer-based model to continue to succeed in the years to come.   ■

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