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Home Depot slated to open later this month in Ranson

March 08, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

RANSON, W.Va. - The sprawling Potomac Marketplace shopping center being built along the Charles Town Bypass in Ranson is taking shape, with some stores, including a Home Depot and a Weis supermarket, expected to open soon, a spokesman for the project said Tuesday.

The Weis supermarket, which will be about 65,000 square feet, and The Home Depot store, which will be about 104,000 square feet, are expected to open later this month, said Roger Gerst, director of leasing for Carl M. Freeman Retail.

Other businesses, like a Hair Cuttery salon, a City National Bank office and a pizza shop, will open late this month or early next month, Gerst said.

Ultimately, there will be 30 stores in the center in addition to The Home Depot and Weis supermarket, Gerst said.

Parking lots in the center have been completed, workers are finishing installation of signs on the property and landscaping work will be completed in the spring, Gerst said.

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Most of the remaining work is the "build-out" of the stores, said Gerst, adding that a grand opening ceremony will probably be held in June.

Potomac Marketplace is being built on property that was annexed into the city of Ranson.

Officials said previously that The Home Depot store will include a 28,000-square-foot garden center.

The store will also have a "Design Place," described as a store-within-a-store that will offer appliances and design and decor merchandise.

The store will offer free do-it-yourself clinics, free monthly kids workshops where children can build projects of their own and installation services, which feature a growing list of indoor and outdoor services such as roofing and flooring, officials have said.

The store will generate new jobs in the community by sub-contracting those services, officials have said.

Officials said previously that The Home Depot typically hires about 150 people to run a store the size of the one in Ranson.

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