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Sneak-preview reception held at new Routzahn's store

April 07, 1999

Routzahn's new locationBy KERRY LYNN FRALEY / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




Three generations of Routzahns were beaming with pride Tuesday evening during a sneak preview of the new 25,000-square-foot Routzahn's home furnishings showroom at Long Meadow Shopping Center.

"Clearly, this is a premier location for Routzahn's," said president and chief executive officer Daryl Routzahn during a brief press conference before a private reception for customers and friends.

His father, company founder Allen Routzahn, and daughter, Michelle Routzahn, director of stores, stood nearby.

The old store, at the north end of the shopping center for 11 years, closed Monday, Daryl Routzahn said.

It will be demolished to make way for a new 60,000-square-foot grocery store that shopping center owners plan to attract to the center, he said.

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The new store, at the far south end of the shopping center, will open today for customers who received a "grand opening preview sale" mailing, Routzahn said.

The store, which sells furniture, appliances and electronics, will open to the public later in April, he said. He didn't give a date.

A new Kehne's Carpet One store - a 66-year-old carpet and flooring store now owned by Routzahn's - will open adjacent to the store in response to local customers who shop at the Frederick, Md., store, Daryl Routzahn said.

Allen Routzahn started Routzahn's in Frederick in 1954. Then a department store, it branched out to Hagerstown in 1961 with a store on Virginia Avenue, he said. The store moved to Northern Avenue in 1965.

Routzahn's was asked to make the move to the south end of the shopping center, years ago home to a grocery store, Daryl Routzahn said.

It was a good opportunity, allowing the store to grow by about 50 percent, Routzahn said.

The new store was designed by San Francisco architect Neil Forney, he said.

Meant to reflect customers' modern lifestyles, it features an open design with varying ceiling heights, Routzahn said.

Fun features include a small putting range for customers and an alphabet floor in the children's area, he said.

There's also a 4,000-square-foot community room upstairs, including a kitchen and bathroom, that nonprofit groups will be invited to use.

Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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