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Planners approve new Martin's

March 06, 2007|by TARA REILLY

Martin's Food Markets plans to open a grocery store and gas station at the site of the former Gold's Gym building off North Pointe Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue north of Hagerstown.

The Washington County Planning Commission approved the site plan at Monday's meeting.

The plan includes demolishing the former Gold's Gym building and constructing an 84,577 square-foot store and a gas island with six pumps, county Chief Planner Timothy A. Lung said.

A strip of six shops is also planned. Each shop would be about 2,500 square feet, Lung said.

The existing Martin's in the Fountain Head Shopping Center off Pennsylvania Avenue would close when the new store opens, a Martin's representative said.

The new store would be a "state-of-the art" market and the largest Martin's in Hagerstown, the representative said.

Martin's is operated by Giant Food Stores in Carlisle, Pa.

Lung said the plan includes a traffic light at the intersection of North Pointe Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue (U.S. 11).

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Some Planning Commission members had concerns about traffic, but none opposed the site plan.

A Martin's representative said the store would take about a year to build and open.

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