Restaurant work starts at Tollgate Mall

August 22, 1993|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

Construction has begun at Tollgate Mall for a Red Lobster Restaurant.

Heavy equipment operators began clearing the site, on Baltimore Pike across from Harford Mall, last week.

The restaurant is expected to open early next year. "We hope to complete construction and open the doors in either January or February," said Mark Young, spokesman for the national chain owned by General Mills Restaurant Inc. and headquartered in Orlando, Fla.

According to Mr. Young, the restaurant will cover 8,300 square feet, seat about 270 and employ 125. He would not disclose the construction cost, saying only that is is "substantial." The restaurant will be the chain's 12th in Maryland. Nationally, the 25-year-old company has 540 facilities in 47 states.

The cuisine at Red Lobster is American with an emphasis on seafood. In addition to fish, shrimp, lobster and crab dishes, the menu also includes steaks, burgers and chicken meals.

* Beginning Wednesday, Comcast Cable of Harford County will give its

41,400 customers a new channel lineup.

Changes are being made to group similar services -- such as news, sports, movies, music and inspirational -- on the dial.

Customers who subscribe to the $24.65 preferred service package will have their coverage increased to 57 stations from the current 34 at no extra cost. Comcast officials said rates remain the same.

Clearview Cable, which serves about 5,000 subscribers, mostly in the northern and western part of the county, will not make changes in the number and location of channels or monthly rates.

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If the county approves a recently submitted site plan, BJ's Wholesale Club will get a green light to build on a site near the new Wal-Mart department store in Constant Friendship Business Park, a 200-acre mixed-use commercial and industrial development at Route 24 and Interstate 95.

BJ's has submitted plans to build a 115,600-square-foot store on part of a 50-acre tract at the business park owned by Winters Run West Limited Partnership, an investment group whose principals are Baltimoreans Timothy Mullins and John Lukemeyer The partnership bought the property about four years ago from the Arundel Corp.

Julie Summers, a spokeswoman with the Massachusetts-based BJ's, said the company cannot comment on the cost of the project until county approval is received. But she did say a store that size would probably employ 150 to 200.

BJ's, a bulk food, sundries and dry goods discounter, has two stores in Baltimore County -- one at 4201 Wholesale Club Road near Route 1 and White Marsh Boulevard, and another in Owings Mills at 55 Music Fair Road off Painters Mill Road. The company charges an annual membership fee of $25.

County officials said the approval process usually takes six to

eight weeks.

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Taco Bell has submitted plans to build a 5,000-square-foot restaurant at U.S. 40 and Ontario Street in Havre de Grace.

Domino's Pizza, the only occupant of a shopping center at U.S. 40 and Otsego Street, will move to another storefront at the center.

A High's convenience store, now located at U.S. 40 and Ontario Street, will move into the location vacated by Domino's. Then the High's building will be torn down to make way for the Taco Bell project.

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