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Grocery, Not Target, Likely at Merritt Park

Landscaping and other improvements at the 50-year-old shopping center are expected to begin early this fall.

The vice president of a Baltimore-based real estate management firm said the company is negotiating to bring a full-service grocery store to the Merritt Park Shopping Center when new owners assume control of the property Sept. 1.

A big box retailer is not part of the shopping center’s redevelopment plan, Regional Management Inc. vice president Peter Grose told Patch last week.

“Actually, I’ve heard those rumors, too, and more than a couple times,” Grose said, referring to community talk—and hopes—of a new Target coming to the 50-year-old plus Merritt Park Shopping Center. “We’re trying to get a full-service supermarket in the center, with a deli department, pharmacy and 60,000 square-feet.”

Grose said the new owners, MP63, LLC, a privately-held Baltimore company with a long association with Regional Management, Inc., are not looking at a Target or other big-box retailers, such as Walmart, Home Depot, B.J.’s and Lowe’s. Big-box stores like Target, Grose said, are generally 120,000 square-feet.

“There’s a Giant down the street and we’re looking at that type of full-service grocery store,” said Grose, declining to specify the grocery chain with which the company is negotiating.

All the businesses on the Holabird Avenue side of the shopping center, from Century 21 through Maxway, except Rite Aid, will be vacating by Sept. 1, Grose said, to prepare the space for the expected full-service grocery store.

The Citgo gas station and carwash, which sits in the shopping center lot facing Holabird Avenue, will also close. officials told Patch previously that the store is closing Aug. 13.

At the front of the shopping center lot, a Firestone location has already closed and Grose said development plans call for adding new banks, restaurants or pharmacy-type stores on the “pad” sites around the edges of the shopping center lot.

At the other end of the shopping center, the building where Radio Shack is located “will probably stay as it is,” Grose said.

The redevelopment project will be phased-in over time but local residents should begin to see work early this fall. Landscaping and other improvements are expected to begin soon after Sept. 1.

About a dozen locations in the shopping center are empty at the moment and the center itself has fallen into disrepair.

“I think we are really laying the foundation for a great location,” Grose said. “A lot of retailers are waiting to see if we get it—the grocery store. I’m optimistic. Neighbors will see the work getting started, the landscaping, the upgrades, the clearing of the site, early in the fall.”

Gustav Smith May 07, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Rumor has it that a Shoprite is coming to Merritt park if it's true I think it will be great Shoprite has really low prices and their stores are so muck cleaner that Mars
Dana July 30, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Target and Kohl's would be niceee for Dundalk!!!! And maybe starbucks as well!!! Putting in another grocery store won't do Dundalk any good!
Jay Addis August 06, 2012 at 10:52 PM
White Marsh is what it is, because Dundalk has become what it is. It's all part of a master plan. Run out the middle class,bring in others, wreck it, rebuild it and the middle class will once again come back. All part of the circle. Just like Canton, Federal Hill, Locust Point, so on and so on.
Tara Janowski September 24, 2012 at 05:25 AM
I agree with everyone! I may live here, but that is about it! I leave Dundalk as well if I really want to shop for anything. White Marsh an Middle River are close, but I honestly wish I could stay local. I think adding another grocery store is a waste! Why can't we have a Target or some nicer resteraunts?!? I'm ready to move over how run down Dundalk has become!
Colleen February 13, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Looks like we aren't getting anything now!

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