Morton's opens today at former Hutzler's site

September 27, 1990|By Cindy Harper-Evans

Morton's department store is scheduled to open today at Howard and Lexington streets in the building left vacant by Hutzler's demise.

Morton's, based in Alexandria, Va., is a chain of seven department stores selling discounted brand-name merchandise. It specializes in carrying hard-to-find sizes, such as slims and huskies for boys and plus-size fashions for women.

Morton's is betting that the Baltimore store, its first in the city, will help bring back some of the business activity Howard Street has lost in recent years to the Inner Harbor and malls in the suburbs.

"We traditionally book stores in areas that have lost a major upscale retailer, and we have done very well," Ted Liebowitz, Morton's chief executive, said yesterday while preparing for the store's grand opening.

Morton's also has three stores in Washington, including one in a former upscale women's fashion store on F Street, and one in Prince George's County in a former Woodward & Lothrop location.

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