Duty Free International has opened a 110,000-square-foot warehouse/distribution and administrative center in Glen Burnie.
The facility at 6691 Baymeadow Drive is located near Duty Free's former building, but is 42,000 square feet larger than the old one, a company spokesman said.
The center was built by Dickinson-Heffner Inc., a local contractor.
The center will house the administrative offices of Samuel Meisel & Co. Inc., Duty Free's diplomatic and wholesale division, which supplies products to embassies in Washington and New York.
Duty free shops are not required to pay an import duty on goods because they are sold only to people leaving the country and to diplomats. For the same reasons, the merchandise is not subject to federal, state or local taxes.
Duty Free International operates 67 duty free and retail stores. The company is the leading operator of duty free stores along the U.S.-Canadian border, one of the main operators of duty free stores in U.S. international airports and the largest supplier of duty free merchandise to foreign diplomats in the U.S. and to ships engaged in international travel.
The Hideout, a maker of small leather goods and accessories, has leased 3,800 square feet of space at the Cloverleaf Business Park, Phase II, in Millersville.
The new business park on Route 3 has 200,000 square feet of office, research and development space on a 15-acre site.
The project is being developed by Anne Arundel County developer Attman Properties Inc. Thomas Nichols of Nichols Architects in Baltimore is the designer and Greenhorne and O'Mara of Annapolis is the civil engineer.
Following are recent commercial real estate transactions:
*Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. has leased 5,400 squar feet at the Cromwell Center in Towson, according to W.C. Pinkard.
*J&J Reproduction & Drafting Supplies has leased 4,600 square feet at 4985 Mercantile Road in White Marsh, according to W.C. Pinkard.
*State Farm Insurance Co. has purchased 4.15 acres at 10823 Reisterstown Road in Baltimore for use as an insurance claims center serving Northwest Baltimore, according to KLNB Realtors.
*J.W. Burress Inc., a firm that sells, leases and services heavy construction equipment, has purchased the 1,600 square foot former Transportation Department building in Baltimore, according to KLNB Realtors.
*Acro Graphics has leased 3,060 square feet in the White Marsh Business Center, located at 5020 Campbell Blvd., according to Nottingham Properties Inc.
*U.S. Grain Co. has renewed its lease of 718 square feet at the Chesapeake Building, located at 305 W. Chesapeake Ave. in Towson, according to W.C. Pinkard.
*Gary Iglarsh Photography has purchased 832 Park Ave. in Baltimore, according to Chertkof & Co. Realtors.
*Lawyers Investment Group has purchased 1501 N. Central Ave. in Baltimore, according to Chertkof & Co. Realtors.