REI will open a new store this fall to sell dehydrated camping food in Columbia, reports Columbia Talk.
Apparently the store will offer REI's full line of outdoor equipment, bike repairs, and even equipment rentals at the Columbia Crossing center near Rte 175 and Dobbin. But let's concentrate on the food. This should be the best place in Howard County to buy dehydrated strawberries, which still have the magic of "space food" from the first time that I ate them.
Check out Columbia Talk for all the REI details. I can't figure out exactly where the REI will be. Is this the former Expo Design / golf store behind the Target? (Update: In a comment below, Jess guesses that it is the old CompUSA.)
(Update II: Sarah points out below that REI also sells cherry-flavored energy goo. Also food! We could almost view this as an ethnic grocery.)