|St. Mary’s Marketplace at Corner of 235 and 4|
County keeps developing, businesses keep coming and so it goes. This from Robin Finnacom’s Economic Development News Letter:
What’s Going Where
You’ve probably been wondering if new restaurants are under construction in the Park Place Business Center. Neither building will offer culinary delights as one will house an urgent care facility and the other is a new home for Pearle Vision. Pearle Vision, as you may have noticed, is the only business left standing at the corner or St. Andrew’s Church Road and Rt. 235 where construction is underway for St. Mary’s Marketplace. A Harris Teeter grocery store will anchor that shopping center.
Hobby Lobby Coming Soon? The Southern Maryland NewsNet broke this story about a Hobby Lobby moving into the former K-Mart store in the Laurel Glen Shopping Center on Three Notch Road. Hobby Lobbys will fill K-Marts everywhere you look with 66 new locations planned to open along the east coast this year. Each store offers more than 75,000 crafting and home decor products – that’s a lot of stuff!
In another bold business move effecting our County, Weis Market’s, Inc. has purchased 38 Food Lion locations including the ones in Callaway, Lexington Park and California. The California Food Lion is also located in the Laurel Glen Shopping Center. A more upscale grocery store and Hobby Lobby; quite a good turn of events for this older center.
Speaking of older, did you hear what’s proposed for the AMC movie theater in Lexington Park? The owners plan a multimillion dollar, head-to-toe renovation resulting in by-reservation-only, recliner-type seating, an expanded menu (including liquor!), up-graded screens, clean bathrooms; the works! In Dick Myers’ story on the BayNet, he quotes AMC company representative Frank Lewis describing the current theater as “an old, aged embarrassing asset.” How well we know.
The community clamored for AMC to fix the seats, scrub the carpets and floors and reinvest in what was until recently the only local theater for St. Mary’s and lower Calvert County residents. Now that R/C Theaters has dazzled us with huuuuuge screens, clean everything and much more in the Lexington Exchange Shopping Center, AMC is finally ready to fight for our business. Well, it’s about time.
And, speaking of renovations, Cape St. Mary’s Marina in Mechanicsville, is planning to spiff and shine its restaurant and ADD a 900 sq. ft. Tiki Bar. Just think, we could have an annual Tiki Bar opening competition with Solomons!! We’ll just have to wait and see how that story develops.
Keeping with the news in Mechanicsville, did you notice the construction on the south bound side of Rt. 5 right above the Dollar General and WaWa convenience store at the split with Rt. 235? The developer for this site is Village Center, LLC. Three buildings will be ultimately be constructed there including two for the “overhead door community” providing all-in-one showroom, office and warehouse space. The building currently under construction is a 6,000 sq. ft. facility for Companion Care Veterinary Hospital. This new location will afford the company more than twice the space of their current offices located now just a bit further north.
Heading back down the road, we find that Old Line Bank (formerly Maryland Bank and Trust) is finally coming to Leonardtown. A new branch is under construction along Rt. 243 – the road to Breton Bay and Compton – in the vicinity of Merchant’s Lane.
Finally, did you hear that the Crystal Ball Room in Callaway sold? The new owners changed the name to 5 South Event Center. The much loved Sam Grow will kick off this newly renovated venue with a jam on July 28. $15 ticket prices couldn’t be more reasonable for this concert. Appears that 5 South will feature a stand up comedy night in early August with much more entertainment promised to come in the months ahead. Be sure to sign up to their face book page to keep up with all the goings on at 5 South.
Well, with all we’ve packed into this edition of What’s Going Where, you can surely tell that the County continues to grow and prosper. If you have an interesting tid-bit about local business, be sure to pass it along to us at email@example.com. Just remember now to Shop Local, Shop Often!
Hey, we even have a dirt bike park thanks to Jon Beasley: