Dawson’s Market Returns to Rockville Town Square

Community members won their fight to bring Dawson’s Market back to Rockville Town Center.

Indeed, the beloved grocery store, which distributes locally grown foods, has re-opened after closing its doors on Oct. 27.

The store closed amidst other businesses closing in Rockville, including the Mellow Mushroom, and the Apollo restaurant. There was so much backlash about these closings that the City of Rockville held a forum for residents to voice their concerns.

Bart Yablonsky, Dawson’s former general manager and new owner, never gave up on restoring the beloved grocery store.

Antonio Zeleya, one of the 64 employees to lose his job when Dawson’s closed, said Yablonsky personally promised to bring back his job.

“He promised it would open and after the third of fourth week I was skeptical,” said Zelaya. “[Yablonsky] finally called me and said ‘You haven’t answered my emails … are you coming back?'”

Zelaya  “jumped” at the opportunity to return; he was devastated to lose the connections he built with customers. Many other former employees have also returned to working at Dawson’s.

At the ribbon cutting, Maryland State Senator Cheryl Kagan praised Rockville residents “for stepping up” to help re-open Dawson’s.

She presented Yablonsky with a Senate Citation.

“Congratulations on re-opening after 54 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes, and 10 seconds—not that we were counting—the heart of Rockville hasn’t been the same without you,” said Kagan.

Kagan also praised Councilmember Sydney Katz for his work in re-opening Dawson’s.

Now that Dawson’s is back, Katz encourages residents to shop there so it continues to grow.

“The most important part of the puzzle is that we need to shop here,” said Katz. “Every business—especially a small business—cannot exist without customers.”

Yablonsky said customers can expect the foods they love from Dawson’s, and also some non-organic foods to attract more customers.

Photos from the Ribbon Cutting

Live Tweets from the Grand Opening 2.0

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Deirdre Byrne

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Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.

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