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Plans to built theater at Centre of Hagerstown scrapped

July 19, 1999|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

The 16-theater multiplex being built at Valley Mall changed developers' plans to build a similar multiplex at the new Centre at Hagerstown shopping complex, a project official said Monday.

"The market's not big enough to support another 12 to 16 screens," said Phillip L. Ross, director of development for Petrie Dierman Kughn in McLean, Va., a partner in the Centre at Hagerstown project.

Plans for Centre at Hagerstown, a huge, open-air shopping complex under construction northwest of the Interstate 81-U.S. 40 interchange, originally included a 16-screen multiplex, Ross said.

The theater portion of the plan was dropped some time last year under the thinking that the local market couldn't support two theaters of that size, he said.

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The new R/C Theatres multiplex at Valley Mall, originally slated to open this summer, will open in late 1999 or early 2000, Christine A. Menna, spokeswoman for mall owner Crown American, said Monday.

Centre at Hagerstown's 675,000-square-foot first phase is set to open in May 2000 with about 40 stores and restaurants, Ross said.

Construction is running ahead of schedule, thanks to Ray Podlasek, director of construction, he said.

The first phase will include Wal-Mart Super Center, Borders Books and Music, The Home Depot, Circuit City Office Max, Marshalls, Pier 1 Imports, PetsMart, Dick's Clothing and Sporting Goods and A.C. Moore, a large crafts store, Ross said.

It may also include a 30,000-square-foot home furnishings store, part of a nationally recognized chain, he said.

The planned 100,000-square-foot second phase is expected to be built within two years, Ross said.

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