By JULIE E. GREENE
A New Jersey discount store company plans to move into the former McCrory's building in downtown Hagerstown.
A D.E. Jones store is expected to open between the end of the year and Feb. 14, 1998, depending on how long it takes to complete renovations on the 52 W. Washington St. building, said Edward Baker, vice president of real estate for D.E. Jones and D&K Stores.
The general merchandise store will sell linens, toys, hosiery, lingerie, baby supplies, stationery and candy. The store will employ between five and 11 full-time workers, Baker said.
Those who live in and around the downtown area seemed pleased by the news.
"I think it's great," said Kenneth Layman, 68, of Walnut Towers.
Layman said he hopes the store will include a restaurant, because he feels there are few affordable places to eat downtown.