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New shops, restaurants planned for Stone House Square near Hagerstown

June 16, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN - Several empty storefronts at the new Stone House Square shopping center on Leitersburg Pike soon will be filled.

About 10 businesses -- including one long known in downtown Hagerstown -- are expected to open as soon as this summer, said Howard Biel, a senior managing director with Faison Enterprises, which developed the center.

Faison is making progress in renting the rest of the space but isn't ready to announce other tenants, he said.

Two anchor tenants, Lowe's Home Improvement and Weis Markets, opened during the last several months.

Starbucks will have a coffee shop in the stone building for which the center is named. Biel said it should open around the beginning of August.

At least five new restaurants are planned for the center. Other tenants will offer clothing and jewelry. Chevy Chase Bank will have a branch there, too.

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One new shop will be R. Bruce Carson Jewelers -- the second branch for a staple of downtown Hagerstown.

Owner Tom Newcomer said he has thought for a few years about having a second shop and this seemed like a good opportunity.

With about 1,800 square feet of sales space, the second shop will be smaller than the one in Public Square, which has about 2,800 square feet of sales space, Newcomer said.

The second branch, though, will let him reach customers who don't come downtown. He called it "a great experiment."

R. Bruce Carson Jewelers opened on West Washington Street in 1902 and moved to Public Square in 1929, he said.

Newcomer said he's hired five more employees, for a total of 14 between the two shops.

He expects the new jewelry store to open by early September.

Camillions, a women's clothing and accessories store, will open next to R. Bruce Carson Jewelers in Stone House Square.

Camillions is moving from its current location on Pennsylvania Avenue because the building was sold, employee Lou Ann Wisecarver said.

She said the new shop will be about 1,500 square feet, larger than the current building that Camillions now shares.

A Friendly's restaurant at Stone House Square will have about 100 employees, company spokeswoman Lynn Bolton said.

Biel said all of the new shops that have been announced would open by the end of the summer, but representatives of some shops predicted later opening dates.

Bolton guessed that Friendly's would open around October.

A Web page for Camillions at www.washingtoncounty.com says the shop will open on Oct. 1.

The Web site for Jerry's Subs & Pizza says a Hagerstown branch will open in the fall.

Last month, Frank Illiano said he expected to open a Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille at the center by the end of the year. Construction was scheduled to start this month, he said at the time.

Another chain restaurant, Moe's Southwest Grill, probably will open this summer, spokeswoman Lauren McGowen said.

Other shops planned for the center include Stone House Dry Cleaners, Stone House Nails and Day Spa, and Subway.

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