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Shopping center ready to add 4 or 5 businesses

May 25, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Save-A-Lot, a Dollar General store, a pharmacy and a discount store that sells upscale home accessories and gifts are going into Towne Plaza on Maryland Avenue where Weis Market and Phar-Mor used to be, a construction company official said Monday.

The shopping center could get a fifth business - possibly an indoor paintball rink - but that has not been secured, Callas Contractors office manager Debbie Kuhlman said.

Tuesday Morning, the home accessories discount store, will open June 8, said Laurey Peat, whose firm handles public relations for the retailer. The store had inventory on the shelves Monday morning, including a KitchenAid product visible from the front of the store.

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Interior renovation work was being done next door to prepare for the Dollar General store.

Tuesday Morning, Dollar General, Save-A-Lot and a fourth business would go in the former Weis Market space, Hagerstown Building Inspector Mike Heyser said.

A building permit has been applied for, and is expected to be approved, for Save-A-Lot to use 17,000 square feet, Heyser said.

That includes storage space and a loading dock.

According to Save-A-Lot's Web site, the average store is 12,000 to 14,000 square feet. The store sells a variety of exclusive and national brands.

The Save-A-Lot spokesman could not be reached Monday for comment.

The Tuesday Morning store will be 10,000 square feet, and the Dollar General store will be 9,000 square feet. A fourth lease space in the former Weis Market is 3,200 square feet, but Heyser did not know if that was where the pharmacy was going.

Tuesday Morning sells famous-maker closeout gift items and home accessories often sold by prestigious department stores, specialty stores and upscale catalogs at 50 percent to 80 percent below regular retail prices, according to a company news release.

Tuesday Morning usually opens stores in strip shopping centers within a few miles of upper-income department stores, such as Hecht's, Peat said.

The store will employ 30 to 40 people, she said.

The retailer does not have a conventional schedule.

Instead of being open year-round, Tuesday Morning is open for 10 sale events each year that usually coincide with peak selling seasons, the news release states. Peak selling seasons are February to March, April to June, August to September and October through December.

Peat said the store is open more often than people think. It is closed in January and July, but is only closed for a few days between sales events the rest of the year.

Weis Market closed its Maryland Avenue location when it opened a new, bigger store on Dual Highway in October 2000.

In October 2001, Phar-Mor announced its Hagerstown store would close.

A representative for the shopping center's management company in Baltimore could not be reached for comment Monday.

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