Ward's moves to Security New Montgomery Ward store opens in the old Hutzler's mall location. Most workers came from old store.

August 09, 1991|By Michelle Singletary | Michelle Singletary,Evening Sun Staff

After 22 years of selling in Catonsville, Montgomery Ward officially opened its doors today at its new home in Security Square Mall.

Montgomery Ward, formerly located just one mile from the mall at U.S. 40 and Rolling Road, took over the 156,000-square-foot space left vacant by Hutzler's.

Although the store has been open this week, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony wasn't until today.

"We are excited over what we will introduce to shoppers in this area," said Bernard F. Brennan, chairman of the Chicago-based retailer. "Baltimore is an important market for us, and we are committed to being a part of this growing community."

Brennan said the new Security Square Mall store offers customers the very latest in specialty store concepts.

In addition to its regular specialty departments such as Kids Store and Electric Avenue, the new store includes Doctronics, a carry-in appliance and electronics repair center that services all major brand-name merchandise, no matter where it was purchased.

With 346 stores in 39 states, Montgomery Ward employs more than 66,000 full- and part-time people.

The new location at Security Square employs about 250 people, most of whom transferred from the Catonsville store.

Charles H. Thorne, media relations manager for Montgomery Ward's, said the company decided to relocate from the Catonsville store, which opened in 1969, because management wanted to be located in a major regional mall.

Thorne said officials plan to put the Catonsville property on the market.

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