OK I have received numerous emails and comments about this one property so I want to get this cleared up. There is a property at the corner of Billingsley road and St. Charles parkway that is zoned for commercial. One of the home builders made a claim that there was a 500,000 square foot retail complex coming to the corner and Harris Teeter was a tenant. That is totally false.
Harris Teeter did their research and they do not like the demographics of the area. So as of now they have no plan to come to the area. Many of the tenants like Trader Joes, Wegmans & Whole Foods want high population along with higher household incomes. We do meet the income requirements but they fail to see that even though we are a smaller population we eat and shop like crazy people.
We are second in the state for food and beverage sales only being beat out by Anne Arundel county by a few thousand dollars. No matter what you put in front of some of these retailers they still go by their charts and calculations and go with what that says. Some would have to put a lot of infrastructure in place to make it work as well like distribution centers so the cost may outweigh the profit. We do our best, we cant get them all. But we try.