Thurmont Economic Development Ramps Up Marketing Efforts and Welcomes New Businesses

It’s no surprise that the Town of Thurmont was named one of Maryland’s ‘Best Small Towns to Visit’ by The Crazy Tourist recently. The Town of Thurmont has experienced a flurry of economic development and marketing efforts already in 2018.

The Town recently won ‘Best Activity Guide’ from the Maryland Regional Parks Association for their “Thurmont Walk, Bike & Drive Map” and has several new economic development projects underway this year.

Thurmont’s Economic Development Manager Vickie Grinder is coordinating initiatives that include a $40,000 Main Street Façade grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to enable main street businesses to improve their properties, a $20,000 DHCD grant to renovate the railroad bridge, a promotional video that will debut in June, and the Town is hosting their very first Taste of Thurmont Restaurant Week April 13-22.

Efforts are underway to promote Thurmont locally and regionally as well. “We are also publishing our bi-annual Gateway publication that will be out in mid-May in partnership with the Frederick News-Post, and we are looking forward to participating in the Frederick County Builders Association Home Show for the first time,” said Ms. Grinder. “Our popular Thurmont Business Showcase at the Thurmont Event Complex is sure to be packed full of great businesses on April 28 from 11am to 2pm. Giving Thurmont maximum regional exposure helps promote the town as the ideal place to do business.”

On the residential front, Dan Ryan’s Creekside townhome community along the Thurmont Trolley is completely sold out and another potential future residential project is on the horizon.

2018 Thurmont Business Locations and Expansions To-Date:

  • Criswell has expanded and added Jeep and Dodge to their dealership with construction underway across the existing Chevrolet dealership
  • Valley Industrial Batteries relocated to Thurmont and leased a 4,000 SF warehouse at 10 Miller Alley
  • Catoctin Lighting relocated to 133 East Main Street
  • Nu-Way Cleaners has added a new location and added 3 new jobs at 12 E Main in January
  • Images of U Hair Studio opened in the Thurmont Plaza
  • Baker Tree Services has relocated to 147 Water Street
  • Plans are underway at the town square for All Hallows Coffeehouse

For more information about doing business in the Town of Thurmont, please visit or call Vickie Grinder, Economic Development Manager, Town of Thurmont at 240-626-9980.