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Monday, September 14, 2020

September 2020 Updates

Its gotten busy! The months just seem to run together now. I'm forgetting to start the new months updates! There has been a real influx of calls for people looking for spaces.  Its a good time.  However we have lost a few businesses to the whole virus thing.  Hopefully we will gain some new and different businesses in the future.  

Which brings me to an old topic.  Everyone keeps asking for new and better grocery stores like Wegmans.
The reason we can not get them is due to our lower population and the fact that somewhere around 60% of our workforce leaves the area.  Wegmans depends on that lunchtime crowd.  They have a large market cafe with quick service food.  If no one is there to eat lunch they feel the area would not be right for them.  If you look at our area restaurants you don't usually have any wait time to sit down.  That's not good.  Why would a restaurant come here when no one is eating lunch?  Its very hard to just depend on dinner crowds.

Rock and Toss Crab House coming soon to the Shops at Waldorf in the former Genghis Grill space.  It is a  Cajun style sea food restaurant.  No word on an opening date.  They have another location currently in Bowie, MD

Speaking of the Shops at Waldorf, Panera is going to move over to their own stand alone building next to the Silver Diner.  I believe they plan to have a drive thru as well.  No word on when that move will take place.

In the Brandywine shopping area near Chadds ford has some construction going on.  There will be a few more pad sites for individual stores and perhaps a small strip center.

Royal Farms is now open on Moores Road in Brandywine.

Monday, August 24, 2020

August 2020 Updates

Hello August.  There has not been much to talk about.  Lots of activity in the commercial world but not too many things opening this month.  It also does not help when Facebook and this blog site changes the setups and you have to relearn where everything is on the page.  Good times.  #choosekindness

We are now at stage three in Maryland

Crafty Crab Seafood is now open in Waldorf in the former Hard times Cafe location.

The former Scheible's Fishing Camp in Ridge, MD St. Mary's County is being renovated into a hospitality destination with restaurant, motel, shops and recreation area.  The restaurant called POV will open very soon.  The Quarters Motel is now open. Check out their web page and facebook:

Horizon Family Dental Care is now open at 5 Shining Willow Way in La Plata next to Five Guys.
Burger M now open in the Rosewick Crossing Shopping Center next to Sweet Frog.

Third Eye Comics is opening September 26th in the Pinefield Shopping Center on Mattawoman Drive in Waldorf.  This is their fourth location.

Five Below coming soon to the Fox Run Shopping Center in Prince Frederick next to Planet Fitness. They will be located in the former K Mart space which is being cut up into smaller units.

Quickway Japanese Hibachi coming soon to the Shops at Waldorf behind the Mission BBQ in Waldorf.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July 2020 Updates

July is here!  The hot weather has come with it.  Hope everybody is doing well and keeping healthy.
As of right now we are in full phase two of reopening Maryland for business.  
And if you haven't taken the Census please do so.  It helps the county.

Amazon will have a new delivery center in the St. Charles Industrial Park in Waldorf, MD
The warehouses will be located on Jay Gould Court and occupy a 32 acre portion of the street and an additional parcel in the park.  Big win for the county.
It should be open by the end of the year for the holiday season.  Jobs are available:

Gios Italian Restaurant is now open in the Bryans Road Shopping Center.  Currently open for carry out.  3091 Marshall Hall Road.

IL Piccolo Morso Italian Restaurant coming soon to 22845 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD

Marshalls had its grand opening in Clinton, MD at The Landing at Woodyard

Metropolitan Vascular Institute is now open in the Waldorf Center behind Silver Diner.                    3015 Technology Place, Suite 100, Waldorf.

Monday, June 1, 2020

June 2020 Updates

Edited:  We are now at stage two of opening back up Southern Maryland.  Restaurants are now open for outdoor seating and carry out.  Most retail is open as well.  The mall may open later this month according to Simon Malls but we will see what happens.
Please continue to show your great spirit for Southern Maryland.  Peace and love to everyone.  #Choosekindness #SouthernMarylandStrong

The Greene Turtle sports bar will be coming soon to the Wildewood Shopping Center in 23415 Three Notch Road in California, MD.  Construction has started and hopefully they will be open before summer is over.  This will be their second location in Southern Maryland.  If I get more information on opening I will post it.

Planet Fitness coming soon to the Fox Run Shopping Center in Prince Frederick, MD.  It will be located in part of the former Kmart space.  There will be several other stores incorporated into that area.

Burger M will be the replacement for Five Guys in the Rosewick Crossing Shopping Center in La Plata.  Construction has started on the space. 

The Cove Fish Market coming soon to the La Plata Village Shopping center near the Hallmark store.

Dollar Tree coming soon to the Waldorf Shoppers World.  It will be located between Harbor Freight Tools and Aldi.

Friday, May 22, 2020

May 2020 Updates

Well things are moving along and hopefully we will begin stage one in Charles County and get our businesses back up and running by the end of the month.  Calvert and St. Mary's have already started stage one.

There has not been too much to report because most groups are still dragging their feet on opening or signing a lease. Heck I even forgot to post the May update because its been so quiet! Its expected when you don't know what the final decision is going to be on when they will allow you to open.  The governor has left the decision up to the counties to decide when they want to do that.  Fingers crossed it does not get any later.

Shoppers Food Warehouse located in the the St. Charles Town Plaza in Waldorf has reopened after being purchased by McKay's Grocery Store.

Had a few people ask what was going on with the old Ruby Tuesday's in Calvert.  They are constructing the new Panda Express.

Arbys and Crafty Crab are in full construction mode in the St. Charles Town Plaza.  No opening dates yet.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

April 2020 Updates

I hope everyone is doing as well as possible during this crazy time we are having.  Adapting to new ways of working, shopping and school has been a challenge.  I know my Southern Marylanders are resilient and will pull thru this with flying colors.  The show of support for our local businesses has been outstanding.  Please keep it up!

Many of the businesses that had planned to open have been delayed due to our recent situation.  I will try to keep up with things as best as possible with the restrictions that are in place.  Stay positive and stay healthy!

Have you completed the 2020 census yet?  Why not??  It helps your county!  Please take the time to send it in.  You can do it in your pajamas.

Gordmans has taken over the Peebles located in the Fox Run Shopping Center in Prince Frederick.  They are similar to a TJ Maxx, Ross or Burlington.  They had a grand opening March 3rd. 

Calvert Kettle Corn is coming to Charlotte Hall at the former Sweet Frog Location on Triangle Drive.

ATI Physical Therapy will be coming to the Rosewick Crossing Shopping Center in La Plata.

Ohms and Watts Vaping and Crit Roll Gaming will be coming to the La Plata Village Shopping Center next to Dunkin Donuts. 

Sunday, March 1, 2020

March 2020 Updates

March is here!  Early Spring weather or a last minute blizzard?  You never know.  I hope the new year has brought you good things. Stay healthy and wash those hands.  Make smart decisions.
With the recent things going on in the world there are a lot of things closing for our safety.  Venues, Gyms, Restaurants only able to do take out, etc.  Please be patient with people. We are all in this together and we are adapting to this as quickly as possible.
Get your information from good sources to keep track of whats happening like the Center for Disease Control:

Here's whats new:

Marshalls will have their Grand Opening April 2 at the Landing at Woodyard.  8895 Woodyard Road, Clinton, MD.

So the Shoppers food Warehouse in Waldorf will open back up as Shoppers again.  I am not sure why.  From what I understand it is still owned by McKays.  If I hear anything else about it I will post.  Have not heard about the St. Mary's site yet.

Taco Bell and 7 Eleven will be coming to the Brandywine area at the Brandywine Village project to be built in front of the Chadds Ford residential neighborhood.

Five Guys has officially opened in its new location in La Plata next to Panera bread.  Their former store has a lease pending.

Donut Connection and Hershey's Ice Cream has opened at 22807 Three Notch Road in California, MD.

Its time for the 2020 Census.  This is very important for everyone to do so we get funds for our state and counties different departments.  It also give us the numbers for how many people are in the county so when those new stores and restaurants want to come they have that information.  You should be getting a code in the mail soon.  It takes only a few minutes to fill out.  Please participate!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

February 2020 Updates

Hello February!  Seems to be a mix of warm and cold weather going on.  Its really messing with my head.  Cant wait till Spring!  Business continues to be good so hopefully that trend continues.  Southern Maryland is the best place to live! 

The Southern Area Aquatics and Recreation Complex will have its grand opening on February 29 at 1:00 p.m. It is located in Brandywine at 13601 Missouri Avenue.

The Circle K owners say they will start construction of their new location in Allens Fresh next to the Town and Country Motel this March.

Looks like we are going to loose one of our anchor tenants at the Mall.  Sears has announced the closing of the Waldorf location by mid April.  Sears is also closing stores in Baltimore and Annapolis at the same time.  

Vocelli Pizza will be taking over the former Jerry's Subs space in the La Plata Village Shopping Center at 56 Drury Drive.  Look for an early spring opening date. 

Wee Bean Cafe will take over the former Pancakes Plus building in La Plata.  6580 Crain Highway.

Horizon Family Dental Care coming soon to the La Plata Plaza next to Panera and the new location for Five Guys Burgers.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe will be coming to the Fox Run Shopping Center in Prince Frederick.  It will be located on a new retail building located out in front of the former K Mart.  Besides the cafe there will be four other spaces for more stores.  Leases are pending on them so information is not out to the public yet.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe will also be coming to the new Brandywine Village Center which is to be built in front of the Chadds Ford Residential development in Brandywine, MD

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

January 2020 Updates

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the holidays and are ready for a bright and shiny 2020.
Lets hope we see some great things come to the Southern Maryland area.  Please be kind to one another and be proud of where you live! #Choosekindness 

Caliber Collision is now open in Waldorf at  12105 Farrar Place behind Popeye's and Goodwill.

Botanica Dayana's

Botanica Dayana's is now open in the Merchants Square Shopping Center in White Plains.  They offer Religious items as well as natural healing items, aromatic candles, soaps, perfumes herbs and much more.

Bodi Oasis Wellness spa and Salon 

They will have their Grand Opening January 31, 2020 at the Bryans Road Shopping Center.

Construction has started on the Crafty Crab Seafood Restaurant in the St. Charles Towne Plaza by Burger King.  I'm predicting a late Spring / Early Summer opening.  We will see how things progress.

I've been asked a few times whats going on behind Wawa in Charlotte Hall.  Its only septic work for the gas station.

The K Mart in Prince Frederick is being broken up into smaller units to make it easier to lease.  They also plan to have a few new pad sites out front to attract more tenants.  They have leases out for several new tenants to be named once permitted.  I know who they are but until they say its ok I don't put them out to the public because it can mess with their leases. 

KFC Waldorf Grand Re Opening after a full tear down and rebuild.  January 15, 2020 at 2180 Crain Highway.

Wawa White Plains is undergoing a complete renovation.  Gas is still open.

Target La Plata is under renovations.  Store is open.

Row House and Club Pilates will both open this Spring in the St. Mary's Marketplace in California, MD.  Row House shows a March 13th opening date.  Both will be located next to Mod Pizza.  Both are franchises with over 600 locations each and more on the way.