Some stores set to open at Centre at Hagerstown

April 17, 2000|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

Two stores are set to open in the Centre at Hagerstown later this month, with other openings to follow at the 700,000-square-foot shopping center into the summer, according to a spokesman for Ohio-based Developers Diversified Realty.

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The first stores ready for business will be Dollar Express, opening April 26, and Borders Books and Music, opening April 29, according to spokesmen for the two retail chains.

Eight more stores are to follow in May, with others looking at June and August openings, according to Developers Diversified spokesman Scott Schroeder.

The $75 million shopping center, northwest of the Interstate 81 and U.S. 40 interchange, won't have a grand opening because individual store openings will be staggered through the summer, Schroeder said.


Stores will hold their own grand opening events, he said.

Dollar Express, which will be first to open, will employ 10 to 15 full- and part-time workers, said David Folkman, director of operations for Philadelphia-based Dollar Express Inc.

The roughly 7,500- to 8,000-square-foot store will sell a variety of merchandise, including food, toys, seasonal items, tools and gadgets, priced at $1 or fractions of $1, he said.

"We consider ourselves kind of the five-and-dime of the age," Folkman said.

Borders will have a grand opening event a couple of weeks after its doors open on April 29, according to Borders Regional Director Ray Dinterman.

Opening earlier than other stores in a shopping center isn't unusual for Borders, Dinterman said.

"We are typically the first store done, for whatever reason," he said.

Borders is in a great spot, just off U.S. 40 in the first part of the shopping center, where shoppers won't have to drive past a lot of empty stores to get to it, Dinterman said.

The store, which will employ 30 to 40 people, originally was to open in mid-April but plans had to be changed because of a delay in shopping center site work, he said.

Schroeder said he wasn't aware of any delays in having the store shells ready for occupants but couldn't say for sure.

Because it takes different companies different lengths of time to turn a shell into a customer-ready store, it's not unusual for a shopping center to open in stages, he said.

At the project's groundbreaking in spring 1999, developers estimated the center would open May 15, 2000.

The Centre at Hagerstown will have more than 40 stores and restaurants, Schroeder said.

About 99 percent of the center should be occupied by August, he said.

According to a list furnished by Schroeder, stores with tentative May opening dates are:

  • OfficeMax, May 4.
  • Marshall's, May 7.
  • PETsMART, May 10.
  • Dick's Clothing and Sporting Goods, Famous Footwear, May 11.
  • Home Depot, A.C. Moore, Pier 1 Imports, May 18.

The Wal-Mart Supercenter is scheduled to open June 14, followed by a Hallmark store June 16, according to the list.

Dress Barn, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Circuit City have tentative August openings.

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