Jamesway store in Abingdon set to close this quarter

January 30, 1994|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

The Jamesway department store in Abingdon's Constant Friendship Shopping Center is one of the 14 scheduled to close by the discount chain during the first quarter of this year.

The store, across Route 24 from the Wal-Mart department store, employs 110 workers and is the only one in Maryland to be closed.

Jamesway Corp., which operates 108 stores in seven mid-Atlantic states, has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization since July 1992.

The company declined to say how many workers would be affected by the closings. President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Ettmore said the plan was formulated after an evaluation of each store's performance and potential.

He would not comment on whether the Abingdon store had been experiencing low sales before the opening of the Wal-Mart store last year. But a representative of the Secaucus, N.J.-based chain said the company plans to remodel 11 stores in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania over the next six months.

The company closed 13 stores before filing for bankruptcy protection.

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Plans to convert the Basics Food Center to a Metro Food Market at Harford Mall have been put on hold.

Carol Diebel, director of planning for the town of Bel Air, said that the Harrisburg, Pa.-based Super Rite Foods Inc., which owns both the Basics and Metro chains, proposed building a Metro store on the Basics site and the adjacent roller skating rink property.

Company officials traveled to Bel Air to review their plans before submitting them to the town's planning commission. Formal plans were to be submitted this month but company officials told the town in late December that they wanted to re-evaluate the project.

Super Rite officials would not comment last week and Mike Trenery, project developer for Linthicum-based Mid-Atlantic Realty Trust, which owns the mall, said only that the decision must come from Super Rite.

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BJ's Wholesale Club, under construction in the Constant Friendship Business Park in Abingdon, is expected to open in July, a company spokeswoman said.

According to Susan Grieb, the Natick, Mass.-based company will employee about 150 people at the 110,000-square-foot facility. It will be the sixth store in Maryland for BJ's, which also operates in White Marsh, Owings Mills, Columbia, Pasadena and Waldorf.

The Abingdon store will be one of the 12 to 15 the company plans to open in 1994. BJ's has 52 stores in 12 East Coast states.

BJ's is a no-frills operation. The stores have concrete floors instead of tile, and products are stocked on pallets instead of shelves. Sales for 1992 were approximately $1.8 billion, a 25 percent increase over 1991 sales.

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The Harford Hearing Center Inc. has opened offices in Bel Air.

DStaffed by Leslie A. Godsey, a licensed audiologist, the office will provide services including hearing evaluations, hearing aid sales and repairs, and accessories.

The office at 15 Churchville Road, near Main Street in Bel Air, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Saturday and evening hours are available by appointment.

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Palm's Pizza, owned for the past 18 months by Jean Salmons and her son David, is opening a second location later this month.

The Salmons recently purchased Rookies Pizza in Fallston Mall.

Palm's Pizza is on Hickory Avenue in Bel Air, across from the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Department.

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