Market chain buys parcel at Woodbridge

January 16, 1994|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

Baltimore-based Mars Supermarkets continues its expansion into Harford County with the purchase of a 22.5-acre parcel in the Woodbridge Center on Route 40 one mile east of Mountain Road.

Company President Angelo D'Anna plans to build a 220,000-square-foot strip center that will be anchored by a 52,000-square-foot Mars Supermarket and a retailer that would occupy between 60,000 and 90,000 square feet.

Although he declined to disclose the purchase price for the property, Mr. D'Anna said the construction cost for the center would be in the $50- to $60-per-square-foot range.

CM Commercial of Bel Air, which served as leasing agent for Aberdeen Marketplace, will also represent the new center.

According to Mr. D'Anna, Aberdeen Marketplace is about 80 percent leased.


As construction ends on the Red Lobster Restaurant at Tollgate Mall, another restaurant is preparing to locate nearby.

Pizzeria Uno, a Massachusetts-based restaurant chain, has submitted plans to build a 6,572-square-foot restaurant to replace the existing Bob's Big Boy.

According to Bel Air officials, Pizzeria Uno has a contingency agreement to buy the restaurant from Warren Thompson, president of Thompson Hospitality Limited Partnership of Reston, Va., pending site plan approval.

Frank Devlin, who will serve as project manager for the pizza chain, met with the town planning commission, which requested a more detailed site plan before granting approval.

Pizzeria Uno, founded in Chicago in 1943, operates 94 restaurants nationwide and four in Maryland.


Renovation is expected to start soon on the Winner's Circle Restaurant & Pub.

The restaurant, owned by Winton Osborne, is the former home of Souvenirs Restaurant on Main Street in Bel Air.

Mr. Osborne expects to open the restaurant, which will seat 130, in April.

Mr. Osborne bought the building, its equipment and fixtures in June from Key Federal Savings Bank of Baltimore County for about $500,000. Renovations are expected to cost more than $250,000.

Plans include the installation of at least two big-screen televisions. The cuisine will be American and the decor will feature the county's horse-breeding tradition.

L Mr. Osborne owns Harford Sod and Lawn Center in Forest Hill.


Ground Round and Chi Chi's will enter the market in early spring at the Festival in Bel Air on Route 24.

Ground Round, which specializes in hamburgers, will occupy space that formerly housed the Hard Times Cafe. Chi Chi's, a Tex-Mex specialty restaurant, has leased space next to Sunny's Surplus.

Both restaurants will occupy about 6,000 square feet.

Eddie Goldmeier of Hicks and Rotner Associates Inc., leasing agent for the Route 24 strip mall, says 11 new businesses have signed leases in the shopping center.

In addition to the two restaurants, contracts have been signed with Matcom Federal Credit Union, Van Dyke and BaconHealth Shoes, Law Offices of Stephen L. Miles, Insurance Plus, Bike Line of Bel Air, Cato Fashions, Signet Mortgage Corp. and a veterinary clinic.

Four stores -- Pro Golf of Bel Air, Heart 'N' Home, Subway, Drayer's Florist II -- have relocated to different spaces in the center.

According to Mr. Goldmeier, 98 percent of the 415,000-square-foot property was leased by the end of last year.

About 9,000 square feet is unleased.


N. R. D. Foods of Havre de Grace, which operated as Bonanza Family Restaurant, Bell's Country Kitchen and Sassy's Family Style Buffet, filed last month for Chapter 7 protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

A trustee has been appointed to handle the liquidation of the company that listed liabilities between $1 million and $10 million and assets of $200,000.

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