Zamoiski begins switch to Arundel

September 23, 1994|By Kevin L. McQuaid | Kevin L. McQuaid,Sun Staff Writer

The Zamoiski Co. has begun moving its distribution operations from Baltimore to a vacant warehouse in an Anne Arundel County industrial park, company officials said yesterday.

The move to the 260,000-square-foot building in the Parkway Industrial Center, in the Hanover section of the county, was prompted by a lease Zamoiski signed last month with retailer Woodward & Lothrop Inc. for distribution space in Zamoiski's 3000 Waterview Ave. headquarters, in South Baltimore.

"The [Parkway] building is well-built and has a good location," said Zamoiski Co. President Jim Zamoiski. "The layout works, and we got a good deal."

While Woodies' move from Washington is expected to create up to 300 new jobs for Baltimore, Zamoiski's relocation to Hanover will shift only two dozen workers out of the city.

Its remaining 100 employees will continue to operate from 3000 Waterview Ave.

Zamoiski, an appliance, floor covering and lawn equipment distribution company and one of the city's largest privately held firms, with an estimated $100 million in annual revenues, has spent roughly $400,000 to install racking systems, lighting and other improvements to the 7231 Parkway Drive property, controlled by General Motors Corp. through a long-term lease.

Under terms of the lease, Zamoiski will pay roughly $5.2 million for the 30-year-old building through 2002. By comparison, Woodies will pay about $7.5 million for use of Zamoiski's facility through 1999.

Zamoiski was represented by Manekin Corp. Senior Associate Robert D. Oare.

General Motors vacated the project -- part of the 28-building, 265-acre Parkway center -- five years ago, and it has been virtually empty since.

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