Why Choose to Shop at Nick’s of Calvert?

The place where you do your grocery shopping has a big impact on your life. Food is and extremely important commodity. Not only is a necessary staple in our lives, but food is often how we express love, culture, and identity. So, the type of food you buy, and where you buy it, says a lot about who you are. Not only is grocery shopping about finding the right food products that are fresh and high-quality, but it’s also about building relationships with the butcher, the cashier, or the person behind the deli counter—not to mention the neighbors and community members you see while you shop. At Nick’s of Calvert, we prioritize our customers and offer a unique shopping experience. To learn more about our supermarket, please visit us today.

Here’s an overview of why we think you’ll be happy with your choice to shop at Nick’s of Calvert. 

What You’ll Love About Nick’s of Calvert

Whether you’re looking for the freshest produce, the best cuts of meat, or just a local grocery store feeling, we have you covered. Here’s what you’ll love about Nick’s of Calvert: 

Fresh Produce 

If you value fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables, you’ve come to the right place when you choose Nick’s of Calvert. We strive to always have fresh produce stocked and carry a wide selection of fruits and veggies. 

Full-Service Meat Counter 

One of the best features of our grocery store is our full-service meat counter. Our butchers are highly skilled and prepare the best cuts of meat for our customers. We also maintain a wide selection of meat products, including seafood, chicken, beef, and pork. As the heart of our store, our 40-foot meat counter only hosts the finest-quality meat products. We maintain competitive prices, and feature daily cut and trimmed choice steaks. 

Gourmet Entrees 

If you don’t feel like cooking dinner, we can’t say we blame you, especially when you have the option of picking up an affordable, gourmet entree from Nick’s of Calvert. Using the finest ingredients, we are happy to prepare an entree for you that you just have to throw in the oven when you’re ready for dinner. Have any special entree requests? Just let us know. 

Amazing Deli Selections 

Like the meat counter, our deli is another major attraction of our grocery store. The deli offers a multitude of specialty meats and cheese from around the world, and we will gladly slice meats and cheeses to your satisfaction. At our deli, you’ll also find our hot bar, which features daily lunch specials and made-to-order hot and cold sandwiches. While you’re here, don’t forget to pop over to our bakery! 


Having to make an extra trip to the liquor store is a hassle, especially when you can get everything you need right at the grocery store. We carry both domestic and imported spirits, wine, and beer for every occasion. Our craft beer selection is the best in Southern Maryland. Our staff is extremely well educated and can share with you their insights on what liquor, wine or beer to buy and what meal to pair it with. We also have a well-stocked growler station where you can try out different brews before filling your growler. 

Local Flair

We know that you care about supporting small businesses and the local economy. At Nick’s of Calvert, we’re operating a family business that was started over 50 years ago. Not only are you supporting an alternative to a large commercial grocery store chain when you shop at Nick’s of Calvert, but you’re also supporting local workers and many local farmers and businesses whose products we feature in our store.

A Hometown Grocery Store You Can Trust 

Maybe the most remarkable thing about Nick’s of Calvert isn’t the produce, nor the meat counter, nor the gourmet entrees, deli selections, or spirits, but the sense of community you’ll experience while shopping with us. We pride ourselves on being a hometown grocery store that offers a superior alternative to the traditional and overwhelming large grocery chain store. Founded in Maryland in the early 1970s with the hope of providing the best customer service high-quality products, today, Nick’s of Calvert continues to be a leader in how to do grocery shopping right. The family-run business spans three generations and is steadfast in its commitment to its customers. 

Start Shopping at Nick’s of Calvert Today

If you’re looking for a grocery store that is better than the big chain stores in every sense of the word—supports a local business, offers high-quality products, and cares about community—then Nick’s of Calvert is for you. To learn more about Nick’s of Calvert and what to expect when you shop in our store, please feel free to visit us at 930 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678 or give us a call at (410) 414-7105 today.

The Benefits of Shopping Local

A movement has begun in recent years that favors local businesses over impersonal chain stores. Consumers are increasingly seeing the benefits of turning away from big-box retailers and giving their business to people who live in their own communities instead. These are antique dealers, local farmers, artists, craftsmen, and yes – grocers that offer benefits you may not get from shopping at national chains.

What many people do not realize is there are far-reaching advantages to shopping local. Here are some of the top benefits of supporting local businesses.

  1. Boost the Local Economy

The figures don’t lie. It simply makes economic sense to shop in local businesses. According to one study, when people shop locally, $73 out of every $100 spent goes right back into the local economy. Compare that to just $43 out of $100 spent at non-local stores, meaning 57% leaves the area.

Local business owners also tend to support each other. When a local business needs supplies, produce, or catering, they will often search out another local business owner. Chain businesses are more likely to go through their corporate departments for these purchases, moving more money out of the local economy.

  1. Improve Your Family’s Health

Buying local foods has a variety of health benefits for you and your loved ones. When you buy food that has been locally-sourced, you have access to things like grass-fed meat, chemical-free fruits and vegetables, and fresh eggs and dairy products.

  1. Connect With Business Owners

When you support local businesses, you have an opportunity to support your neighbors, friends, and family. These business owners are the other parents in your children’s school and the people that you see at the local park.

Along with the rest of the community, you get a greater connection with these business owners than you would a chain store. You celebrate their success together and have a personal investment when a business is struggling or forced to close.

  1. Get Better Customer Service

Anyone who has ever had to address an issue with a large corporation understands that getting help can be frustrating. You might be forced to call a toll-free number or use an online chat service and then explain your issue multiple times to people who don’t seem able to understand or make a decision.

When you shop locally, you don’t have to worry about this. You often deal with the business owner or someone directly connected to them with the power to solve your issue immediately. You also get more personalized service with local businesses, which is something consumers have grown to love and expect.

  1. Keep Your Community Unique

Just about every community now has a nationally named dollar store, grocer, or big-box chain. But it is the local businesses that give a community its uniqueness and flavor. People know where to gather on Saturday morning for brunch or which local business is going to take care of them when they are having a special gathering in their home.

It is these businesses that make your town different from the one down the road or across the state, so your support matters as a way to keep your community unique.

  1. Create More Jobs and Opportunities

When you shop local, these businesses will experience success and growth. They might open a second location or expand the products and services they offer. This will create more opportunities in your communities. First, there might be construction work to build another store. Second, there will be more job positions filled by local employees.

  1. Draw More Non-Local Traffic

People don’t generally make it a habit to visit other towns for the purposes of shopping at chain stores. But they will do this if the town has a diverse selection of local businesses. These shopping districts not only allow the local community to congregate and make memories, but they also act as a draw to bring even more revenue into the area from non-local traffic.

  1. Encourage Entrepreneurship

When a community is small-business-friendly, this encourages others to pursue entrepreneurship. Someone with a small business idea might get inspiration from the local business owners and consumers to pursue their dream. Current entrepreneurs can even offer advice and mentorship to help new owners achieve success.

Shop Local at Nick’s of Calvert

If you would like to support a local business, make sure to put Nick’s of Calvert on your list. Over the past 50 years, our family-run business has been dedicated to serving the needs of its local Southern Maryland customers.

We offer a unique alternative to large chain stores, with a combination of quality customer service and full-service deli and meat departments. Check out Nick’s of Calvert today for all your grocery, catering, and spirits needs. Visit us or give us a call at (410) 414-7105.