Clothing chain to occupy part of old Epstein's site

November 12, 1994|By Timothy J. Mullaney | Timothy J. Mullaney,Sun Staff Writer

A New Jersey chain of children's clothing and furniture stores will take over part of the closed Epstein's department store at the Lexington Mall in downtown Baltimore, a spokesman for the Young World chain said yesterday.

The chain opened stores at Catonsville Plaza and Reisterstown Road Plaza in Baltimore within the past few weeks, said spokesman Lenny Schweitzer. He said the Bayonne-based chain plans to expand further in Baltimore next year.

Mr. Schweitzer said the store, to open this month, will take over the basement and the first floor of the five-level Epstein's building. The store at 201 W. Lexington St. closed in 1991, when the 65-year-old company liquidated its last seven stores.

The announcement for the old retailing corridor on the west side of downtown comes after the disclosure Nov. 7 of a city-sponsored initiative to convert nearly a dozen vacant Howard Street buildings into housing and studio space for artists.

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