Pars Market opened last week on Snowden River Parkway in the same shopping center as Azul 17 and Nichi Bei Kai. This is a small store where the owner is still filling the shelves, but it -- like the Nazar Produce Market that opened last weekend -- is already a resource for breads, spices, canned goods, and little treats like Turkish yogurt drinks and Iranian fruit rollups.
For now, Pars has basic supplies to cook Middle Eastern food -- rice, lentils, bulgar wheat, spices, yogurt, etc. -- and an array of packaged items like pickles, grape leaves and even rose water. You can buy lavash and other breads, and there is a small refrigerated/frozen section. Check out the fruit rollups in the display by the counter. They're Iranian and quite delicious.
If you're looking for ethnic grocery stores, you can see my 2009 post about them -- although I need to update now that Pars, Nazar and Columbia Halal Meat have opened.
9400 Snowden River Parkway
Columbia, MD 21045
NEAR: This is in the shopping center on Snowden River with Azul 17 and Royal Pizza. This is south of Rte 175 and Oakland Park Boulevard. Pars is right next to Royal Pizza.