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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Holly Tree Center and other updates

I figure an update is in order as things wind down in 2011 so here are a few things that I have been asked about.
Holly Tree Center shown above is a retail center on route 301 next to Popeye's that should start seeing its tenants begin space construction next month.  The tenants currently lined up are from left to right: Dairy Queen Ice Cream, Nail Salon, Women's wig and hair accessories, Benny's and 7-11.  There is one more space available.

There is a building going up on Rt 925 just south of Pembrooke center.  That will be a doctors office which should be complete by spring.

Community Bank is mid construction on their admin building located behind their current building near the corner of 301 and route 5.

The new Waldorf library next to Boston's will be complete by July 2012

Laugh out loud center will be replaced by Chuck E Cheese and a fitness center at Charles County Plaza

In La Plata, the Chipotle will open around March 1st and will be joined by Sweet Frog frozen yogurt. 

If there is anything else out there you want to know about or are interested in becoming a tenant please let us know.  If you have not done so already, please join our Facebook page as well.  2012 looks to be very promising.  We hope you have a safe and wonderful New Year and we appreciate your business.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

AMC Lowes Theaters to renovate St. Charles Town Center Location

AMC Theaters has announced a 4.5 million dollar VIP renovation of the St. Charles Town Center 9.
Renovations will provide enhanced presentation quality for guests, as every auditorium will be converted to a Sony 4K digital projection experience and feature state-of-the-art speakers. Other modifications to the theater include a renovation of the theater's restrooms, as well as changes to the box office and lobby area. Guests will also enjoy movies from new power leather recliners on platforms, as well as an upgraded concession area. AMC is also evaluating the possibility of adding an IMAX auditorium.  The theater will remain open during renovations.  They expect to complete everything by summer 2012.
Thank you to our blog fans for the update.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chamber of Commerce New Member Expo

Come to the Charles County Chamber of Commerce new memeber expo at the White Plains Corporate Center 4475 Regency Place, 2nd floor, Wednesday the 16th from 5:30 to 7:30.  Admission $5.00 and everyone is invited.  Shasho Consulting will be there showing new projects for the area.  Stop by and say hello!
Food, Music, Networking & Fun!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Blair Center Ready for its makeover

Construction has begun at the Blair Center for the much needed renovation.  The center will have a completely new facade and three new businesses will open after renovations are complete.  As of last check they are Mom's Organic market, Beauty 4 U, and Kids First Swim School which will take up approx 25,600 sf of the center.  The current fitness center will remain.  There will be space available for smaller users.  If you are interested let us know.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Xscape Theatres Coming to Brandywine





UPDATE 1/23/13:  Theater will be called Xscape and Xtreme scape featuring two premium auditoriums with premium sound and images.  It is owned by Aliance Entertainment
UPDATE: 3/12/13 New Website www.xscapetheatres.com  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/XscapeTheaters?ref=ts&fref=ts

UPDATE: 4/19/2013 Theater pushing for a May 1st opening if not sooner.
UPDATE: 4/26/2013 Theater is now open
7710 Matapeake Business Drive
Brandywine, MD 20613
Information: 301-909-7660 Movie Line: 301-909-7654


We have no affiliation with the company.  Please do not call for applications go directly to their site.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Not Dunkin Donuts but 7-11

The old Friendly's location on Crain Highway and Holly Lane next to Raleys Furniture will not become a Dunkin' Donuts as I was informed.  Renovations are currently underway for a 7-11 store.  We can expect an opening sometime this winter.  There is another 7-11 store set to open in the small strip center next to Popeye's as well along with some other tenants I will mention in another post shortly.  Thank you to my followers for the update.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Charles County Economic Development Summit

2011 Economic Summit 
Shasho Consulting is pleased to announce we are platinum sponsors for the Charles County Economic Development Summit taking place on Wednesday October 26th at the Waldorf Jaycee Hall.  This years topics will focus on our local business owners and entrepreneurs, supporting them, helping them expand and thrive, and boosting our local economy.

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill

 

It has been announced that Cafe Rio will be building a new location at the Shops at Waldorf Center.  This Shopping center formerly known as Festival Shopping Center is currently expanding its retail on Rt. 228 (Berry Rd.)  CVS has already moved to the new area and Cafe Rio will join them on this site.  We are guessing at a late winter early spring opening.  More details as we get them.  Cafe Rio makes everything fresh, has no freezers or microwaves in their restaurants, and uses no artificial ingredients.  To learn more about them, visit their website:  www.caferio.com

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Books A Million takes over

Books A Million will be replacing the now vacant Borders book store at Waldorf Shoppers World. We expect them to move in by the holiday season after some minor renovations. Books A Million is the third largest book retailer in the nation and operates over 200 stores in 23 states and Washington D.C.
You can apply online at their website: http://www.booksamillioninc.com/career/index.html

Projects in Waldorf & La Plata

There are a few projects going up in the area, some getting started and some coming to completion.  It's a good sign that the economy is taking a turn for the good in Charles County.  Let's take a quick look at what's under construction in the area.

Community Bank of Tri County is expanding its offices on Leonardtown Road.  They are building a separate building tht will be connected with the existing one.

A new retail strip center is being built next to Lowes & Popeye's on Crain Highway.  Tenants include 7-11, Dairy Queen ice cream, and Benny's.

Buffalo Wild Wings is under construction in the former Uno's Location on the mall circle.  They are giving an opening date of late December.

The County is building the Waldorf West Library at the Wharf at O'Donnell Lake behind the St. Charles Town Center Mall.  They are at around 60 % completion.

A new retail center is under construction in La Plata next to Texas Roadhouse.  The first tenant will be Chipotle.

There is some highway construction going on in White Plains at the Billingsley Rd. Intersection to extend the turning lanes.  That should help keep traffic moving at the cross county connector.
That about covers all the larger projects in the area.  We will continue to keep you posted here or on our facebook page.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Walmart Supercenter Land Annexation Approved

The Town of La Plata has approved the annexation for the property on the south side of Rosewick road.  The vote makes it possible for the development of the new Walmart Supercenter which will take a large part of the 14 acres that will be added to the town.  The Walmart will also take over the now vacant Mitchell Supply.  Besides the Walmart there will be additional office and retail built including moving the Enterprise rental car office to a new location.  The new development will bring more jobs and more business to the existing Rosewick Crossing Shopping Center as well as construction jobs during development, and revenue to the Town of La Plata. 
We will be working with Faison to fill the current Walmart space with new retailers such as Kohl's, Marshall's and Nick's of Clinton.  We will also be working on filling vacant spaces at Rosewick Crossing.  If you would like to lease space in these developments please give us a call.  Below are some concept drawings of what the supercenter may look like if its passed.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hey Chris why can't we have a ...........around here??

Lets talk about rumors and what the reality is when it comes to some of the bigger name restaurants that people have asked me about.  For a long period of time there have been rumors floating around about Waldorf getting a P.F. Chang's and a Cheesecake Factory.  I will just start off by telling you they are completely false.  It was a rumor that started when the Peterson company began planning the Waldorf Town Center, a "lifestyle center" that was supposed to be built in the former Stardust location on Route 301.  The plans for that shopping center have been put on a definate hold because the Peterson company is currently working on the expansion of the National Harbor.  Now the land is for sale and are looking for other developers.  So anyway back to why we can't get some of these well knows places.  The biggest problem....population.  A place like the Cheesecake Factory requires a large daytime population to keep it running.  The last time I spoke to them they wanted a population of 250,000 people within a 5 mile radius of the location to be built and we are nowhere close to that.  We are just reaching 150,000 total in the county!  We also have a problem here because of the amount of people that leave the county to work and that's not good for us.  If we cant fill restaurants during lunch then they wont be able to survive.  The dinner crowd just won't pay the bills.  Other smaller places requested that I have looked into have another issue..franchise owners.  If no one wants to run a Krispy Kreme or a Salad Works then we aren't going to get one.  All I can do is call the franchise and offer my services to help someone find a location when the time comes.  So if you are an entrepreneur and are ready and able to start up a new business, we are here to help you through the process.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Valvoline Opens in La Plata


As of Friday the new Valvoline instant oil change facility has opened for business.  The store is located at 6660 Crain Highway near the corner of Route 301 and Route 6.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Buffalo is a Go!

According to the engineers for the project, Buffalo Wild Wings is scheduled to begin tearing down the former Uno's building this month to make way for the new project.  At first we were told it would be a remodel but it looks like the floorplan just didnt cut it.  Check the Buffalo website http://www.buffalowildwings.com/jobs.php for job inquiries as it gets closer to completion. They currently have a scheduled opening date of mid January 2012.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Goodbye Borders

Unfortunately all news we bring cant be good news.  Borders books chain has fallen victim to new technologies like the kindle and falling sales so all stores will be closing.  The Waldorf location currently has no set date to close.  Personally I would rather hold a book in my hand rather than a electronic one.  It just isn't the same.  Hopefully we can assist in finding a new store to take it's place that everyone will enjoy just as much.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

More new businesses coming to Waldorf

Two more businesses have signed up for the soon to be renovated Blair Center on Crain Highway in Waldorf.  Beauty 4 U superstore and Kids First swim schools combined with Mom's Organic will occupy over 25,000 square feet of renovated retail space.  Renovations will begin this summer and business will move in once the building has been complete.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Organic Grocer Coming to Waldorf

Mom's Organic Market has signed a lease for space in the soon to be renovated Blair Center which is located behind the Longhorn Steakhouse on Plaza Drive and Crain Highway.  It is scheduled to open in 2012 after the current buildings renovations have been completed.  More details as they become available.  Mom's is a Maryland based company started in 1987.  They have 6 stores currently in Maryland and Virginia with plans for more in the near future.

UPDATE 8/14/12:  Store will open early fall 2012

UPDATE 11/5/12 Grand opening set for November 9th, 10th & 11th 2012

Friday, May 27, 2011

Former Twin Kiss set to reopen

Randy's Ribs Is taking over once again the former Twin Kiss La Plata Location.  There will be upgrades to the building and more choices on the menu.  Future plans will include an expansion to the building for more seating.  The location will open in the beginning of June.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Primary and Urgent Care Center Coming Soon

Shasho Consulting is happy to announce they have leased space to a new Primary and Urgent Care Center that will be located in the Shops at Lancaster at 177 St. Patrick's Drive in Waldorf.  Construction is now underway and we hope to see a grand opening sometime in August of 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Chipotle Ground Breaking


The retail center that will house the new Chipotle has broken ground in La Plata at 105 Drury Drive.  The center is located between the Chick fil a and Texas Roadhouse.  Look for completion of the project sometime in the fall.  As always, be sure to check back for updates on opening dates for Chipotle.  If you would like to lease space in the building contact our office at 301-632-6320

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Waldorf West Library


The Waldorf West Charles County Library is now 25% complete.  It is located in the O'Donnell Park behind the St. Charles Mall.  The Waldorf West Library will be a state-of-the-art community learning facility, which will integrate modern technology to serve the needs of a diverse community, now and well into the future. The library is currently being designed to be certified as a green building through the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) third-party certification program. The design of the facility is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2010 and construction is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2012. The building itself will be a learning tool to teach users about the various elements that make it a green building.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cracker Barrel Waldorf and Dairy Queen La Plata Now Open

Cracker Barrel and Dairy Queen opened to great crowds and excellent weather on Monday and comments on the food and staff have been good so far for both.  I had the chance to visit the DQ and the burgers and fresh toppings reminded me a little of the old Roy Rogers.  If you think so let me know or perhaps i'm just being nostalgic.

Visit Dairy Queen La Plata on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dairy-Queen-Grill-Chill-in-La-Plata/163157477073730

Monday, March 28, 2011

Dairy Queen La Plata Official Opening Date!

It has now been posted at Dairy Queen in La Plata that they will open for business on April 4th.  Hiring signs were back out so apply at the store!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dairy Queen Update 3.16.2011

I went past the La Plata Dairy Queen tonight and they have papers on the doors saying accepting applications March 17th from 9:30 - 6:00

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chevys Opening in Brandywine


Chevys Fresh Mex will be opening in the next few days at the Brandywine Crossing Shopping Center 5914 Crain Highway.  Job seekers can fax or send their resume to: mex536@aol.com or 410-573-9069 or apply onsite.

Friday, March 4, 2011

La Plata Dairy Queen set to open and now hiring

The La Plata Dairy Queen Grill & Chill at 22 Shining Willow Way will open somewhere mid to late march according to a representative.  A Now Hiring sign has been posted at the building so you should inquire at the location.  Thanks to one of our blog watchers for spotting the sign for us.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cracker Barrel Waldorf Opens April 4th













Cracker Barrel is set to open April 4th at its Waldorf location 3742 Crain highway next to the Hampton Inn and Carrabba's restaurant.  The building is over 10,000 square feet and will employ about 150 people.  The area will now be referred to as Waldorf Park according to the new signage that went up today.  Thanks to one of my blog followers for the opening date information.  Now Hiring signs are on the building to apply at the site 9am-5pm Mon thru Fri. or Sat 10am-2pm  You can also call the store (301) 638-2570

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings will be opening a free standing restaurant in the former Uno's location on the St. Charles Town Center Mall circle.  We estimate a summer opening time after renovations.  More information as we receive it.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

We're on Facebook of course!

In case you didn't know already, we are members of Facebook.  Just another way to get as much exposure as we can for our business and be able to keep in touch with friends and clients.  We will try to add updates about new projects and businesses on there as well as the blog.  Please visit and "like" our page! 
Shasho Consulting Facebook Page

New tenants for Lancaster

We have filled two more spots at the Shops at Lancaster at 177 St. Patricks Dr.  The first is Old Central Barbers II that has expanded to its second location in Waldorf.  Our next tenant is Nails Obsession that offers nail designs, manicures, pedicures, waxing and other assorted services.  Both are open for business and join Children of America Daycare in the center.


The Captain's Table Opens

The Captain's Table Restaurant has opened in the St. Patrick's Centre at 173 St. Patrick's Drive in Waldorf.  This is a soft opening so be patient as they get used to their new location.  We found the food to be very good.  You may know their other location at 275 Lore Rd. in Solomons.  We are pleased to announce they have also become members of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Shasho Consulting Makes Top 100


LoopNet, which is one of the largest commercial property search sites on the internet announced that Shasho Consulting was one of the top 100 most searched brokers on their site (#55). 

Family Dollar Opens

Family Dollar recently opened in the Smallwood Village Shopping Center.  The store opened with strong sales and is currently the #1 store in its district.





Tuesday, February 8, 2011

La Plata Valvoline Breaks Ground

Valvoline Instant Oil Change has broken ground next to BB&T in Laplata.  We expect it to open in the early summer.  The Exxon next door is still set to reopen under new ownership sometime in the future.  At this time we do not know if will remain under the same brand.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Shasho Consulting Featured


Shasho Consulting is featured in the new Images Charles County Magazine with a great picture of our headquarters and an interview with Harry about the area.

www.imagescharlescounty.com

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Attorney New Location


Stephen H. Scott, an attorney that has been in the area for many years has opened up his own law group next to the Charles County Courthouse at 204 Washington Avenue, Suite 200 in La Plata. (301) 934-1922 (301) 870-5355
We wish them the best of luck.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Business Expansions


One thing we love is seeing businesses grow and expand. First off I'd like to shine a light on one of our tenants in the Fairview Center Business Park.

Tower Radiology has expanded its line of scanning equipment and now includes:

1. Digital Mammography

2. MRI

3. CT

4. X-Ray

5. Ultrasound with 3D/4D capabilities

6. Flouroscopy

7. DEXA - Osteoporosis Screening

8. Whole Body Anaylsis


4D Baby Photos is a prenatal photo service on site offering 3D and 4D imaging. You can check out their website http://www.4dbabyphotos.com/ (301) 638-4348
A definate one stop shop for all your scaning needs. Tell them you saw it on our blog!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

We are working with The Peterson Companies


We are pleased to announce that we will be joining forces with the Peterson Companies on their new shopping center project in Waldorf, MD. The site is located on the old Stardust Motel grounds between Gardiner Outdoor Products and the Chrysler Jeep dealership on Crain Highway South. We are currently in the planning and layout phase of the project and hope to break ground this summer and have sites for tenants by next year.
The Peterson Companies is one of the largest privately-owned development companies in the region. The National Harbor is one example of their contributions to the area.

UPDATE 1-31-13 The property is up for sale and there is no current plan for a shopping center.  The Peterson Company is involved in other ventures with the national harbor for now.  If you have any interest in developing the land please give us a call.