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Shopping center developer eyeing two more locations

January 26, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

A company expanding a shopping center in Jefferson County, W.Va., is hoping to build one in Washington County and another in Berkeley County, W.Va.

Uniwest of Falls Church, Va., is proposing a shopping center near the Centre at Hagerstown.

A concept plan shows about 120,000 square feet of building space divided among several buildings on the north side of Interstate 81, at Garland Groh Boulevard and Broadfording Road

The two largest buildings on the plan are 54,000 square feet and 29,000 square feet.

Greg Goldberg of Uniwest Commercial Realty said this week that the center would be a mix of small and medium-sized retail stores, service shops and restaurants.

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He said the project is in "the beginning process" with the city.

Uniwest sent the city a concept plan, which doesn't list tenants, about five months ago. As of Wednesday, the company hadn't submitted a site plan, which is more detailed.

In Charles Town, W.Va., Uniwest's upgrade of its Jefferson Crossing shopping center is under way.

The Martin's Food Market there will grow from 46,000 square feet to 82,000 square feet, Goldberg said.

Because of the expansion, Uniwest is moving four stores to two new retail buildings elsewhere in the center. Some stores already have opened in their new spots, Goldberg said.

In addition, an Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar will open at the shopping center.

The Berkeley County plan is the most preliminary.

Martinsburg Plaza would be on W.Va. 9, off Interstate 81, according to Uniwest's Web site, which estimates the center at 250,000 square feet.

Uniwest is negotiating with possible tenants and hasn't filed a plan with the county, Goldberg said.

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