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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.

American Burger Company will take over the Five Guys Burgers space in La Plata once they move to their new location next to Panera Bread.  Still waiting to see which american burger group it is because there are a couple.


Anonymous said...

It's going to be tough for them to fill the space that Sears is leaving. I know Macy's is in the process of looking at closing some locations and downsizing in areas as well so hopefully they are able to stay in place because two anchor tenants leaving would be impossible to fill in this area given the current retail decision. They really should build a replacement AMC at the mall with more screens/amenities.

Is there any word on replacing the spots left by Buca Di Beppo or Ruby Tuesday? And I thought someone was putting some working into the old Lone Star Steakhouse. There really hasn't been any visible movement on that since it was announced a while ago.

Anonymous said...

There is certainly a lot of empty buildings in waldorf. The mall has a lot to be desired. Why can't we have stores that compare to at least springfield mall if not tyson corners. Shop at those malls and you won't want any part of the one in wadorf.

Chris Shasho said...

We have been talking with the mall about how to fill big box stores with something other than retail. As you know the large retail users and malls are dying out. We have to be creative with these spaces and look beyond the normal use.

There was a large salon that was supposed to take over bucca from what i have heard.
Lone star new owners are still working on their plan. The building had a lot of damage from vandals prior to them buying it.

Waldorf and Tysons corner are two completely different places. You are comparing city and country. The town of Springfield has over double the population of all of Charles county! When 60% of our workforce leaves the county for their jobs its hard to get more restaurants. When entire brands are going bankrupt we cant be at fault for that. They leave giant holes in the centers and there are no new big box brands to fill them.

Anonymous said...

Chris. 2 questions.

When is the Wayback Burger's Waldorf location grand opening?

What entertainment and sports businesses do you think would thrive at the mall in Waldorf? News article examples Mall reinventions:

Minuteman78 said...

If 60% of the county leaves the area for work and restaurants see that as a negative, not having good shopping and restaurant options is as good a reason as any to not hurry to get back home. Malls are struggling across the country. Many are revamping to creat an experience, good shopping with food and evening life entertainment in the mall. Maybe if we had better options we wouldn’t spend our money in VA or DC before coming home. Again, Waldorf is now that town on the way to St. Mary’s County—they have better options down there than we do. Terrible on the part of planners and developers.