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Best Buy, Starbucks among stores set for center

May 19, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

The developer of a shopping center west of Hagerstown said the project could bring about 250 jobs to the area when construction is complete.

Michael Collier, president of Uniwest Commercial Realty in Falls Church, Va., said some of the businesses that have agreed to set up in the shopping center, known as Shoppes at Hagerstown, include Best Buy, Starbucks, Chipotle Mexican Grill and FedEx/Kinko's.

"We're excited the way the tenant mix is lining up," Collier said. "It's a great location ... There's some exciting stores."

Collier said other businesses include an Italian Grille, Hair Cuttery and Party City.

The shopping center is being built on the opposite side of Garland Groh Boulevard from Wal-Mart and to the north, he said.

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Ground was broken on the 115,000-square-foot shopping center last winter, Collier said.

If everything goes well, Collier said the first stores could open in the fall.

Collier said all of the spaces haven't been leased at this point. Ideally, the plan is to have 20 to 25 stores in the complex, he said.

Jim Bender, assistant engineer for the City of Hagerstown, said the developer will be responsible for paying to install a traffic light at the intersection of Garland Groh Boulevard and Hagers Crossing Drive.

That intersection will include turning lanes, and act as the main entrance to the shopping center, he said.

The Hagerstown Planning Commission approved the project's overall site plan Sept. 22, said Stuart Bass, the city's comprehensive planner.

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