Woodies again delays Nordstrom's debut

May 20, 1992

Woodward & Lothrop Inc., embroiled in a public squabble over Annapolis Mall's proposed expansion to open a Nordstrom department store, fired another shot yesterday in its battle to block the plans.

Woodies, which says it's fighting a new 260,000-square-foot Nordstrom and some 45 smaller stores for environmental and technical reasons, appealed the mall's grading permit, temporarily delaying work.

The mall, a mile from Woodies' Parole store, had expected to start grading within two weeks, said Rodney Haynes, vice president of development for the mall's manager.

Woodies officials, charging expansion will ruin wetlands, endanger water supplies and increase pollution, deny their actions stem from a rivalry with the upscale Nordstrom.

They argue the permit contradicts county land-use regulations for Parole.

The retailer had challenged an earlier stage of the expansion, then threatened to sue county and state officials.

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