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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

End of Year Updates

We have come to the end of another successful year. I wanted to just go thru a few new tenants and updates on things I have mentioned in the past but people have missed due to them getting pushed down the list of blog entries.

Also I want to mention again that the comments are reviewed before they are posted.  These blogs get spammed so I have to approve comments before they show up.  I try to do that as soon as I see you have written something.  It is very rare that I will not post someones comment.  They would have to be very nasty.

I appreciate the input I receive from everyone.

Harris Teeter in California, MD is set to open January 24th. 

Sunbelt Rentals is taking over the former Victory motorcycle dealership on Crain Highway in White Plains, MD.  Renovations are being done to the building now.

The Army Reserve Training Center is under construction in White Plains off of Route 227(Marshall Corner Road).  This is a 90,000 square foot training and recruitment center.

Shark Bar has recently signed a lease at the Pinefield South Shopping Center.  This is a new venture for this group so don't confuse it with any one else with the same name.  It may be a different group.
I hope to get more details in the future.

 Once Upon a Child is under construction at Waldorf Marketplace III next to Fosters Grille.  They specialize in gently used children's clothes, toys, and furniture.

We have four tenants so far for the retail portion in Brandywine and are working on the pad sites now.  Tenants include Verizon, Hibachi Grill, Serenity Nails and Chipotle

Brandywine Aquatic Center

The Brandywine Aquatic Center is under construction on Missouri Avenue off of Brandywine Road.
Updated opening is Spring 2019.  You can follow it here:

Habit Burger is under construction at the Shops at Waldorf Center.  Late Winter / Early Spring opening.

Baldus Retail Center

Baldus retail center in La Plata will have a local brand quick service chicken restaurant and a Davita Dialysis Center.  Rumor of Nick's of Clinton are false.

That's all for now.  Have a wonderful holiday and happy new year!

Cannabis is Coming to Town

Medical Marijuana dispensaries and prescription locations have begun to show up.  Here are a few in  our area.

Green Health Docs has opened a location at 11701 Central Avenue in Waldorf.  This location provides prescriptions for medical cannabis use.  Office information is available here:

Southern Maryland Relief dispensary is located at 28105 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville, MD

Chesapeake Apothecary will be located in the former pottery building at 4781 Crain Highway, White Plains in the near future.

HAVEN - 7501 Clymer Drive, Brandywine, MD

ZEN LEAF - 2290 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, MD

I will add more as I find them.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Currently Signed Tenants for St. Mary's Marketplace

Here is the current tenant list for St. Mary's Marketplace.  More tenants are under lease negotiations.
We are told the Starbucks will have a drive thru.  Harris Teeter is set to open January 25th 2018.

Please note that commenters are saying that Starbucks is leaving their current location there is no confirmation that is happening from Starbucks.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Harris Teeter Sets Opening Date For St. Marys

We have been told that the opening date for the Harris Teeter in California, MD will be January 24th 2018.  Date is subject to change due to any unforeseen circumstances.   Starbucks and Batteries Plus have also signed on as tenants.  More stores are in negotiations.

Alban Caterpillar Building New Facility In Waldorf

Alban Caterpillar is building a new facility in the Acton Industrial Park off of Acton Lane in Waldorf near Chaney Enterprises. The space will hold their equipment repair garages, parts department, rental, and sales offices.  They are currently located in Upper Marlboro. The building should be complete in the Fall of 2018.

Just a reminder that comments are moderated so you may not see your post immediately. I try to approve them as fast as they come. I appreciate all your feedback!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Krispy Kreme Grand Opening


Waldorf Station First Concept

Here we have our first look at the concept plans for the Waldorf Station mixed use project.  This is the property that was formerly the Waldorf hotel and restaurant, The Chaney building, and Embassy dairy.
This first plan below shows the retail and office areas of the project.  On the top left is part of the residential apartment area.  It also shows the planned extension of Western Parkway making its way out to Route 301.  Overall the proposed plan will have 226,600 sf of retail, 226,500 sf of office, 689 apartment units, and 100 town houses.  It will extend across Route 301 and fill in the area between Mattawoman Beantown Road (Rt 5) and Sub-Station Road which will be mostly apartments and the town houses with some office.  Greenberg Gibbons has a coming soon date of Spring 2019. No tenants have been announced yet.  These plans are subject to change.  This is a long term project that will take years to finish.
West side of Waldorf Station

South entrance retail shops

North entrance retail and office with proposed grocery store

Overall plan East and West sides of project.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Planet Fitness Coming to Wildewood

Planet Fitness will be taking over the former 20,000 sf World Gym Space at the Wildewood Shopping Center in California, MD.  Renovations have begun but they do not have a new opening date yet.

UPDATE:  Planet Fitness is now open

Lidl Has Pulled Out of Brandywine Location

Lidl has dropped their contract for the Brandywine, MD location at Cadillac Crossing.  They have not given any reason why.  I believe they are trying to do too many locations at once.  We will see if they move forward with locations set in Waldorf and La Plata.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Once Upon a Child Coming to Waldorf

Once Upon a Child will be opening a franchise store in Waldorf, MD this Winter.  They will be located in the Waldorf Marketplace next to Fosters Grille off of Plaza Drive.  The store buys and sells gently used children's clothing, toys, equipment, and accessories.  Bring in your items and you are paid on the spot. They will also have brand new items in store as well.  This will be the first store in Southern Maryland.

Visit their Facebook page:

Spoons BBQ Opens in Waldorf

Spoons has opened a new location in Waldorf, MD at 11481 Berry Road next to the Wawa.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

PetSmart Coming to California MD

PetSmart will be opening a new location next to Hobby Lobby at the Laurel Glen Shopping Center in California, MD.   This will be the third pet smart in the Southern Maryland area.  Construction is underway.  No opening date reported yet.

By 2020, the U.S. pet industry is expected to reach $96 billion in sales.  Approximately 56% of U.S. households own pets.  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I Love Kickboxing Coming to Waldorf

I Love Kickboxing is coming to the Berry Patch Shopping Center on Berry Road next to the Wawa.   Classes are usually between 15-30 people, they are around 60 minutes long, and they have them 6 days a week. This will be the first one in Southern Maryland.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Habit Burger Coming to Waldorf

The Habit Burger Grill will be opening a new location in the Shops at Waldorf Center next to the Men's Warehouse in the former Blockbuster location.  Look for an opening by the end of the year. 
"The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 190 restaurants in 10 states throughout CaliforniaArizonaUtahNew Jersey, Florida, Idaho, VirginiaNevadaWashington and Maryland as well as two international locations."  This will be the third location in Maryland.

Just a reminder that comments are moderated so you may not see your post immediately. I try to approve them as fast as they come. I appreciate all your feedback!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Aquatic Center Coming to Brandywine

This is a project that has been in the works for a while (2013) and since there was a groundbreaking late last year I'm going to go ahead and post about it.

The Prince Georges County Parks and Recreation is going to build a 77,000 square foot indoor aquatic and recreation center on a 65 acre parcel of land near the intersection of Brandywine Road and Missouri Avenue.  The project is scheduled to open mid 2019.  You can read more about it here:

UPDATE 10/6/17: Ground is being cleared for the site.
UPDATE 1/14/19: Opening moved to spring / summer 2019

Latest Concept for St. Charles Retail

I have been getting a lot of questions about whats going on at the corner of St. Charles Parkway and Billingsley Road.  The St. Charles Companies were nice enough to send me this concept plan they have for future retail and apartments that they are currently putting in the infrastructure for.
For now this is what could be built there but plans may change.  There are no tenants signed up so anything you hear is just rumors.  The apartments shown at the bottom will probably go up first.  No dates on the completion of the project.

Friday, June 2, 2017

HomeGoods Coming to San Souci Plaza

HomeGoods will be building a new store in the San Souci Plaza in St. Mary's County.  The store will be located next to Mission BBQ and The Maximum Fitness.  The Dollar Store was relocated to the other side of the shopping center to provide more space for the new build out.

UPDATE 7/18/17 Opening date set for mid to late September.

UPDATE: Grand Opening September 24 2017

MOD Pizza Coming to St. Mary's Marketplace

MOD Pizza is the latest tenant at the Harris Teeter anchored St. Mary's Marketplace.  MOD Pizza is a fast casual restaurant.  Pizzas are made to order and the price is the same no matter what toppings you get.  MOD Pizza has over 200 locations in the United States and overseas.  This will be the first location in Southern Maryland.

UPDATE: Opening date proposed for February 2018

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dunkin Donuts Coming to Prince Frederick

Dunkin Donuts is going thru the approval process to locate a store in front of the Holiday Inn Express in Prince Frederick.  The site is located at the corner of Route 2/4 and Old Field Lane near the firehouse.  There will be a drive thru on site.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Baldus Center Adding Retail Building

The Baldus Center is adding back the retail area that was destroyed back in the 2002 La Plata Tornado. The retail center will consist of 13,000 sf and will include a DaVita Dialysis center and mom and pop quick service chicken restaurant with room for one other small tenant.

Dance studio and B Doughnut were the other tenants besides dialysis center

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Tenants for La Plata

The retail center at 105 Drury Drive in La Plata is getting some new tenants and construction for some is under way.  Cold Stone Creamery and Tropical Smoothie will occupy space facing Chick-fil-A, Sprint will go into the former barber shop and Jersey Mikes Subs will take over the Sweet Frog location.  We are working to find Sweet Frog a new space in the La Plata area.  You should see some of the stores open up this summer.  Jersey Mikes will be the last to open in late Summer / Fall.  Great new additions to the area.  This center is located between Chick-fil-A and Texas Roadhouse.

UPDATE: Jersey Mike's is now open.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Scary Strokes Family Entertainment Center Coming to Waldorf

After many complaints of families not having enough to do together, a new group has answered the call to help fill that void.  Scary Strokes will be an 11,500 sf family entertainment center located in the Waldorf Center behind the Silver Diner.  The main attraction will be a black light indoor miniature golf course themed with various family friendly monsters, ghosts, ghouls, etc. They will also have a state of the art high energy arcade with video and ticked redemption games.  A snack bar will offer quick service items such as pizza, chicken nuggets, french fries, pre packaged foods, and drinks.  Party rooms will also be available for rent.

Additional activities in the future will include an escape room, expanded arcade area, and other interactive offerings.

Construction is taking place now and they hope to be open late summer 2017.

Visit their Facebook page to keep up to date.   2960 Technology Pl Suite #106

2960 Technology Place, Unit 106, Waldorf, MD

Monday, May 1, 2017

Chick-fil-A Coming to Prince Frederick

Prince Frederick is getting a Chick-fil-A!  It will be located just North of Ruby Tuesdays on Route 4 across from K Mart. There is currently a house on the property so you will see that come down shortly.  Congratulations Calvert County.

Update 7/26/17 Clearing has begun on site.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bryans Road Shopping Center Renovations Underway

The Bryans Road Shopping Center has finally begun their renovations for the 122,500 sf center.  The plan is to have everything complete by September 2017.  No new tenants have been signed yet.

Grand Reopening is set for September 9th 2017.  There will be an event planned.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Cadillac Crossing Brandywine

Land is being cleared for the new Cadillac Crossing Center across from Brandywine Crossing Shopping Center.  The property will have a hotel, retail and grocery store as well as some pad sites for other uses.  Best Western is the hotel but that may change. Verizon and Chipotle are signed on with more to come.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

North Waldorf Demolition

So lots of questions about all the demolition of the Waldorf Motel, Restaurant and apartments. Greenberg Gibbons has purchased the 145 acres that was owned by Chaney Enterprises.  They plan to do a mixed use development and bring high quality tenants to the area.  You will also see the demolition of the Chaney building north of Sonic.  A plan is still being developed for the property and I'm sure it will have input from the county as well.  This will be a great gateway development into the county.

Grille No. 13 Is On The Move

Grille 13 will be moving to the former Mimi's Cafe in the Waldorf Marketplace.  Work is underway to move their liquor license to the new address.  This space will more than double their current location giving them lots of room to grow.  No word yet on when they will open.  Renovations have just begun.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Matapeake Business Drive Extension

Clearing has begun on the extension of  Matapeake Business Drive behind the Brandywine Crossing Shopping Center.  The road is planned to connect to Rt. 381 (Brandywine Road).  The end of the road is already constructed currently named Mattawoman Drive.  This concept plan shows the approved project called the Villages at Timothy Branch which would have around 1,200 residential units and some commercial.  The land is currently for sale so no one is building this residential project yet.  No word on the completion date of the road.

Just a reminder that comments are moderated so you may not see your post immediately. I try to approve them as fast as they come. I appreciate all your feedback!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Med Express to Open in Waldorf

Med Express will be the tenant for the pad site in front of the Giant anchored Charles County Plaza Shopping Center in Waldorf.  Estimated opening time is Summer 2017.  This will be the second location in Southern Maryland.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Crain Highway Retail Center Fully Leased

We are fully leased at the Crain Highway Retail Center in Waldorf, MD.  Here is the full list of tenants.  We had a great team that put this together.  The building was built by CMI in Charlotte Hall, MD.  We hope you enjoy the tenants and we can't wait to do another one.

Hobby Lobby Opening Date

The grand opening date of Hobby Lobby in California, MD will be April 14, 2017.  As always dates are subject to change.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cafe Rio Coming to St. Mary's County

Cafe Rio will be a tenant in the new St. Mary's Marketplace with Harris Teeter.  The restaurant will have patio seating as well.  This will be their second location in Southern Maryland.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Krispy Kreme Coming to Waldorf

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be opening a free standing location in the Pinefield South Shopping Center in Waldorf, MD. It will be on its on pad site in front of Lefty's. Updates on opening as we get them.

I'm also trying to get an update if one is still coming to St. Mary's.

3/20/17: They are going thru building approvals now for the Waldorf location.

6/2/17: Construction has started.

10/4/17: They should be open sometime in mid October 2017

UPDATE: 10/10/17: Grand Opening is October 24th

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Brandywine Road Construction

I have had multiple inquiries on what is going on with the intersections at Route 5 and Brandywine Road and also Accokeek Rd. so I did a little looking around and have a list of what is being completed.   This is straight from the State Highway description:

 The project scope consists of constructing an overpass bridge north of the existing Brandywine Road intersection, with ramps and service roads providing access to-and-from MD 5. A roundabout will be constructed at the intersection with MD 373 (Accokeek Road). Work on the project will also include: 

• Drainage and landscaping improvements
• Interchange lighting
• Signing and pavement marking upgrades
• Sidewalks and ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
• Park and Ride facility.

• Phase 1–Construction of the MD 5 east-side and west-side embankments, northbound and southbound entrance ramps, and median piers. 

• Phase 2–Construction of the Brandywine Road bridge deck and MD 5 median.
• Phase 3–Relocating the Brandywine Road and Accokeek ramps onto the newly-built overpass, and roundabout construction 
• Phase 4–Construction of the northbound exit ramp to Brandywine Road and southbound MD 5 shoulder 
• Phase 5–Construction of a Park and Ride lot 

Construction is scheduled to begin in late Spring 2016 and should be completed by Fall 2019.

So there you have it.  Of course dates of completion are always subject to change.

SHA Info:

Friday, January 13, 2017

Carolina Kitchen Brandywine Grand Opening

You have been waiting a loooong time for this one.  Carolina Kitchen in the Brandywine Crossing Shopping Center will have its grand opening January 25th 2017.

Hooray! Finally I get paid my commission on this deal that was signed in 2012!!  This is what commercial real estate agents have to deal with.

Sonic La Plata Set For Grand Opening

Sonic has announced their grand opening date is January 16, 2017.  Be prepared for some traffic that comes with any new opening.  It will settle down after the newness wears off.  This is the second Sonic location in Charles County.

UPDATE 1/23/17 Opening has been postponed, keep checking for new date.

UPDATE Sonic will open January 2nd at 6:00 am