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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.”

Buzz Beeler July 27, 2011 at 10:20 PM
I attended the community meeting where I think, because it's been awhile, the owner of the Park said they planned to renovate the entire center. They also said they were looking for another food store as an anchor. I'm just not sure the investment will justify the return. I say this based on the number of vacant buildings already in the area.
Rick August 01, 2011 at 06:12 AM
EPIC FAIL! What a waste for Dundalk. I have lived here all my life and have to leave Dundalk to be able to shop at a decent store, other then the Giant which seems to be the only decent store in Dundalk; hell I refuse to even go to the Dundalk Walmart because it's over populated and run by the stereotypical Dundalk way. The investors are going to make a huge mistake by putting another grocery store in that I am sure will be a no named off brand grocery store...What a waste of time and money. Put a Target or a Lowes in.
Buzz Beeler August 01, 2011 at 06:23 AM
Rick, you are preaching to the choir. Each day the clouds block out the sun.
Wayne Monroe August 01, 2011 at 10:49 AM
What is the story on the Firestone store closing? It was a thriving business, convenient for customers and certainly not in the way of any new development. What about the former Shell station next to it? That is getting to be a real eyesore with junk cars accumulating behind it.
Jimmy Thompson August 03, 2011 at 12:35 PM
A bit of perspective here- a Target can't go into this shopping center because there simply is not the square footage requirements there. This is the same challenge that most centers in Dundalk face. If a nice grocery store goes in there with a bunch of good reatail options (not dollar stores, pawn shops, nail shops), I will count it as a big win locally.
Doug August 19, 2011 at 05:51 PM
The simple misunderstanding here is that people seem to believe that there is some group of central planners manipulating who will go in this center. The market is driving the demand. Target and Kohl's are simply not interested in being part of the project. However, despite the strong opinions otherwise, grocery stores are. Let's face it, if Target thought being in the heart of Dundalk would produce enough sales volume to support a profitable store, then there would be a Target in the center. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Instead the Landlord is dealing with grocery operators who feel they can effectively compete with the existing grocery stores.
Patrick Johnson August 19, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Based on Doug's statement I guess Wal Mart isn't making any money and should close up it's doors. They surely aren't making any money there. Sounds about as logical as the people in the White House making economic decisions.
Buzz Beeler August 19, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Patrick, Wal-Mart is planning a supper store where the flea market is. The problem had to do with the sale price of the flea market. As far as I know that issues has been resolved and plans are moving forward. That information is a couple of months old and who knows, anything can change. I did hear that Target may be interested in the North Point Drive-Inn property. As they say though, rumors are a dime a dozen. I attended the community meeting when the owners of Merrit Park talked about their plans and they stated they were actively looking for a grocery store anchor. They also said there would be significant upgrades to the Park. With the economic situation the way it is, it could be here today, gone tomorrow.
kim August 19, 2011 at 07:29 PM
We definitely have plenty of stores selling groceries, cell phones, nail services, mattresses, and cheap junky clothing. Give us something good. A nice restaraunt. A Target so we don't have to travel to Middle River or settle for Walmart. What about a Star Bucks. Is Dundalk not good enough for any of these places? I bet if the Middle River Target tracked all the Dundalk people that go to that store they would see they could do a good business here. Please no more strips of junky stores.
Rob August 24, 2011 at 12:54 AM
While it may seem like a good idea to you to have a Target at this shoppiong center, it doesn't seem like a good idea to me because I live right next to it. I don't need all the attention that goes with a Target or Wal-Mart like traffic. I like the idea of a gerocery store, I don't see a Wegmans going there because those stores are huge, but a Food Lion would be an attractive store, or a Whole Foods store. At least that Day Labor business will be gone and the shopping center will get some upgrades that are badly needed.
Wayne Monroe August 24, 2011 at 10:00 AM
Shop Rite seems to be expanding in the Baltimore region and the honcho says they're "looking for opportunities".
Dino dakos September 08, 2011 at 01:44 AM
I go to superwalmart in falston we need it dundalk
Buzz Beeler September 08, 2011 at 02:27 AM
I have heard from community leaders that there will be no government money used. As I understand it, they want government to stay out of the way and let them take care of business. That is the way the system is supposed to work.
Jenn September 12, 2011 at 02:25 PM
The last thing we need is another grocery store. We already have Giant, Mars, and Save-a-Lot within 5 minutes of that shopping center! Honestly, if you want the area to improve, you need to put bigger, better stores in. I, for one, am sick of driving all the way to White Marsh to go to Target. When I do have to go there, I end up hitting all the 'big stores' at once...Target, Best Buy, etc..and stop off at Starbucks on the way home! Start putting stores like that into Dundalk, and the people that live here won't HAVE to travel so far to get to them. You can't keep doing the same thing and expect different results. Adding yet another grocery store won't solve anything.
Larry Blubaugh September 29, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Ho Hum... more let downs from politicians & so called " action groups ". We need JOBS !!!
Roy September 29, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Everyone is ranting and raving about another grocery store, No one has said anything about decent paying jobs that can support your family. Instead of having to work and rely on social services to make ends meet
e September 30, 2011 at 04:18 AM
Make it a lowes, that is what we need in this area, that and a best buy. We have giant, mars, mars, and a save alot all within that intersection. We don't need no food store. The only food store that would cater the idea is one of those ghetto old food aldis. Great just what we need another cater to the ghetto people. Bring a big box store, target, that always jump property value up, look what it did for middle river. Hhgreg is another nice one. But know dundalk they probally have in the works with caldor, ames, circuit city and safeway to fill the shopping center up.
Candy Richardson September 30, 2011 at 04:25 PM
If it must be a grocery store bring in a Trader Joe's and have a healthier Dundalk. I have to travel to Reisterstown Road to get my groceries because i want organic food at regular grocery store prices!! A regular grocery sore has never faired well in that location. Trader Joe's is diferent enough that it would have a better chance of making it.The price of the groceries are well with the budget of the Dundalk people. Look at all the business that the work out centers (Gold's, Bali, CCBC Fitness Center at Dundalk) are getting. People in the area are trying to get more fit. Don't you think they would like to be putting healthier food into their bodies. Just sayin.
e September 30, 2011 at 06:54 PM
So I brainstormed a solution for the health of some of our dundalk folk. Step one: stop selling tasty cakes in the wlamrt, Step: Install treadmills at all the cash registers and in order to be checked out you must run on the machine during your transaction. We would have a fit and slim Dundalk and people would take better care for them selves in order to shop at an organic food store.
Matt November 18, 2011 at 09:11 PM
how bout a avenue similiar to whitemarsh.bet that would generate jobs and sales in our merrit park lol
Matt November 18, 2011 at 09:14 PM
enough with all the low budget grocery stores,banks,nail salons,pawn shops & sub shops..and to make light of all those sub shop flyers all over our niehborhoods
Matt November 18, 2011 at 09:17 PM
could a bestbuy fit in the old goodwill store ?????
Kiran November 27, 2011 at 10:26 PM
I agree with everyone else. Putting a grocery store in would just be idiotic with Mars, Giant, and Save A Lot right down the street. I'm sick of driving to Middle River, Golden Ring, and White Marsh for decent shopping. We need expensive big name stores and restaurants to keep our people HERE. I would love to see a Target here. I also think we should add some nice classy restaurants. An Olive Garden, Red Lobster, or Cheesecake Factory would be superb. The lot is HUGE. If designed correctly, there is more than enough room for decent stores.
Kiran November 27, 2011 at 10:29 PM
OMG that would be great!!!! White Marsh is a beautiful, thriving community and if we could bring that to Dundalk, I'm sure we'd all appreciate the time and gas we'd save from having to drive all the way up there.
Wayne Monroe November 27, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Actually, a new supermarket would be good. Maybe Mars would sit up and take notice and manage their stores better. Rotsa ruck on a nice restaurant!
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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