Uptons plans clothing store in Columbia Spring opening set at Dobbin Center

June 17, 1993|By Gary Rosenzweig | Gary Rosenzweig,Staff Writer

Uptons, a clothing chain based in Atlanta, is planning to move into the Baltimore area next spring by opening a store in the Dobbin Center in Columbia, the company said yesterday.

Uptons, which operates 28 stores in the Southeast, sells discount to upper-moderate-priced clothing. It is a subsidiary of New York-based Amcena Corp.

The Columbia store would replace a Hechinger that occupies the 60,000-square-foot anchor spot at the Dobbin Center. The Hechinger store is moving to larger quarters at Snowden Square, also in Columbia, and upgrading to its new Home Projects Center format. The Rouse Co. owns Dobbin Center and Snowden Square.

Uptons plans to open an additional 58,000-square-foot store at the Fair Lakes Center in Fairfax, Va.

"The opening in Columbia and Fairfax mark the beginning of our expansion into this market," Uptons President David Layne said. "We're aggressively looking at other sites in the Washington-Baltimore area."

Uptons has 12 stores in the Atlanta area, where the company started in 1986. It has other stores are in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, and plans to open more stores in Tennessee and Atlanta this year.

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