Martino to open third county dealership

June 20, 1993|By Frank Lynch

Mike Martino is about to open his third automobile dealership in Harford County.

Joining his Volvo and Saab franchises on U.S. 1 in Bel Air will be Village Mitsubishi. Mr. Martino has targeted mid-July for the grand opening.

The dealership will be in a renovated 10,000-square-foot building formerly the home of The Lumber Yard. The $600,000 renovation, which took six months, added a complete service and parts department, offices and a showroom.

"I'm extremely pleased with what we've been able to do at this location," Mr. Martino said. "We stripped the original building down to the framework and then used a number of county businesses to remodel it to our specifications."

Diane Martino, wife of the owner, will oversee the dealership's operation.

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Construction of a 340-seat movie theater at Tollgate Mall has been postponed until November.

Bob Weinholt, owner of Greater Baltimore Cinema, which operates the Tollgate 7 theater complex, blamed an industrywide box office slump for the delay.

"This is not the ideal time to move ahead with expansion," said the 40-year-old Bel Air resident. "Poor weather and a weak

product line have caused a slump throughout the industry."

Mr. Weinholt says the release of "Jurassic Park," "Dennis The Menace" and "Sleepless In Seattle" should help end the slump.

Meantime, Mr. Weinholt is upgrading the existing theaters at Tollgate.

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Grading is well under way for the 18,000-square-foot Amy Clae Business Center near the intersection of routes 22 and 543.

The five-store center, owned by KCC-USA of Washington, D.C., will feature a Rite-Aid drug store, a dry cleaner and a pizza shop.

A separate office building will include a branch of the First National Bank.

;/ The center is expected to open next spring.

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