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BUSINESS NOTES

September 17, 1995

Gabriel Brothers opens in Constant Friendship

Gabriel Brothers opened a 62,000-square-foot discount clothing and domestic goods store in the Constant Friendship Shopping Plaza Thursday.

The store had been vacant since April 1994, when the Jamesway Department Store closed. The Abingdon shopping center, with 162,000 square feet, is anchored by a Weis Market.

Gabriel, which has one other Maryland store, in Cumberland, joins a growing list of discount retailers in the Bel Air area. Target, part of the Dayton-Hudson Corp., is building a 117,000-square-foot discount department store on the Bel Air Plaza side of Route 24. Other competitors include T. J. Maxx, which opened during the summer at Tollgate Mall, Marshalls at the Festival at Bel Air shopping center and Wal-Mart, which helped put Gabriel's predecessor out of business when it opened across from it on the other side of Route 24. Another competitor is C-Mart Discount Warehouse in Forest Hill.

Gabriel Brothers, like the other discount stores, buys factory over-runs, "seconds" and merchandise from bankrupt stores. Most of the merchandise is brand-name.

Gabriel has 132 part-time employees in the Abingdon store. It has 17 other stores in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Columbian Bank to open branch

Columbian Bank, situated in downtown Havre de Grace for the past 102 years, will open a branch this year at U.S. 40 and Route 7 in Havre de Grace.

Designer commissioned for medical building

Architectural Design Works Inc., a Harford County-based architectural design company, has been commissioned by Upper Chesapeake Health Systems to provide tenant design services for its new medical office building, which is under construction at Route 24 in Bel Air.

The Winter's Run Family Medical Center, which previously was designed by Architectural Design Works, will be the anchor tenant and has leased 10,000 square feet.

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