The new Patel Brothers Farmer’s Market store in Ashburn opened with a bang on Friday. By midday, the parking lot was jammed with cars and the aisles of the stores were crowded with excited shoppers.
Patel Brothers specializes in Indian foods. The brand is known for its fresh produce and indeed, there were displays overflowing with colorful fruits and vegetables. Pallets filled with bags of rice and other foods were placed around the store and tall shelves were filled to the brim. We saw big packages of paneer cheese and spotted bottles and cans of Thums Up soda, a cola brand from India.
Patel Brothers is an Illinois-based brand with more than 50 locations in at least 20 states. Their motto is: “Celebrating Our Food…Our Culture.” Ashburn is their first location in Loudoun County.
The grocery store has taken roughly 27,000 s.f. of what was the former Global Foods stores. The remainder of the space — roughly 32,000 s.f. — is becoming a new weight-lifting and power-lifting workout center called The Shop Gym.