Harford Mall to impose smoking ban CARE program begins Wednesday

August 29, 1993|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

Harford Mall, one of the last bastions for shoppers who smoke in the Baltimore metropolitan area, will initiate a smoke-free environment called CARE (Clean Air Rights for Everyone) on Wednesday. All common areas will be off-limits to smokers.

Nancy Brown, the mall's marketing director, said the smoking ban -- in the only enclosed mall in Harford County -- is being instituted in response to many patrons' requests. She said each store has its own policy, but the majority already ban smoking.

No smoking will be allowed in the mall's open Eatery section, but the Woolworth's, Friendly and Horn & Horn restaurants will retain their smoking areas.

Complimentary hard candy will be available at the Harford Mall Courtesy Counter for customers who need to curb their nicotine cravings, Ms. Brown said.

The public is invited to a "Cigarette Cutting" ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the movie theater entrance.

Ms. Brown said mall employees will be allowed to smoke in

designated areas outside the mall.

Smoking already is banned in enclosed malls in Anne Arundel and Howard counties, and Baltimore County malls will ban smoking in mid-September to comply with legislation enacted Aug. 2 by the County Council. Cranberry Mall in Carroll County banned smoking earlier this year.

Harford schools banned smoking in July 1992. That ban was the first of its kind in the state, but other school systems have followed suit.

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Wal-Mart stores will open two stores in Harford County Tuesday.

Manager Chris Terry and about 250 employees will be on hand to greet customers to the Constant Friendship store near Route 24 and Tollgate Road. A similar welcome is planned at the Aberdeen store on U.S. 40 near Route 715 by manager Boake Terry and his 150 employees.

A host of dignitaries from the Bentonville, Ark., retailer, along with numerous county officials, are scheduled to attend grand opening ceremonies before the doors open to shoppers. Normal store hours at both stores are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Last year, the company sold more than $55.5 billion worth of merchandise at its 1,900 stores and 311 Sam's Club stores.

Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, offers a variety of merchandise including housewares and household supplies, apparel and shoes, toys and recreational goods, electronic and stereo equipment, and health and beauty aids. Each store has a garden center, vision center, snack bar and one-hour photo lab.

Mr. Terry said both stores will participate in Wal-Mart's annual $1.2 million national scholarship program by establishing a $1,000 scholarship to be given annually to a high school senior from the Abingdon and Aberdeen areas.

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The former Hardee's Restaurant in the Campus Hills Shopping Center has remained vacant for nearly two years because of "restrictions."

Restrictions on the building's use have prevented the 3,564-square-foot structure from being sold. Neither the owner of the building nor shopping center officials would comment.

Hardee's is asking $395,000 for

the building, located on slightly less than an acre along Route 22. The restaurant closed in 1991 when Roy Rogers, part of the Hardee's chain, opened a new facility in the shopping center several hundred yards east of the site.

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The Little Professor Book Center, located in the Festival at Bel Air on Route 24, was one of 24 national franchise stores to win a Professor's Choice Award at the company's annual convention.

The award is presented annually to franchise owners who have excelled in six categories -- marketing, staff management, direct mail, financial and inventory management, community

involvement and support of the franchise organization.

Kent and Judy Kocher own the Bel Air store, which is one of three in Maryland.

Nationally, there are more than 110 Little Professor Book Centers in 34 states.

F: The Kochers have owned their store since October 1990.

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