Downtown jewelry store closes after five months

January 20, 1995|By a Sun Staff Writer

The Dahne & Weinstein building in downtown Baltimore has lost the recently opened Parker & Royal jewelry store as a tenant, but gained a fast-food restaurant.

Parker & Royal closed its doors at year-end after less than five months of operation, owner Stephen A. Weinstein said. The store, intended to be a less-pricey version of his Dahne & Weinstein jewelers in Green Spring Station in Lutherville, didn't lure enough customers, he said.

"There just wasn't enough business," he said. "There's been so much loss of office personnel and professionals downtown. . . . We found the majority of our customers really wanted to come out to the Green Spring store, because it was so convenient."

The building, owned by Mr. Weinstein's company, is at Calvert and Lombard streets. The Parker & Royal quarters, on the ground floor of the building's north side, will remain dark. But a McDonald's restaurant will open next month on the south side, which fronts Lombard Street, said Mr. Weinstein.

McDonald's Corp. signed a 20-year lease to run a company-owned restaurant in about 1,000 square feet of space, he said. A nearby McDonald's -- a franchisee-owned restaurant on Baltimore Street at Light Street, will remain open, he said.

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