Towson's Martin's seeks new site Eudowood caterers, closed in Nov., may be leaving Marketplace

March 11, 1996|By Suzanne Loudermilk | Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF

The party may be over for Martin's Eudowood at Towson Marketplace.

Owners of the catering operation, which closed in November for the mall's redevelopment, are looking for a new site, said Wayne Resnick, president of Martin's Caterers, which has eight other facilities in Maryland.

Martin's has an option to remain at the shopping center, which is being renovated by Florida-based Talisman-Towson Partnership, he said. But if it stays there, it would have to move behind another building, sacrificing visibility.

"You'd have to go by loading docks," Mr. Resnick said. "We don't want to leave there. The neighbors like us and want us to be there."

Developer James A. Schlesinger of Talisman/Towson, who still is putting together his $20 million plan for the 43-acre shopping center, said he was unaware that Martin's was looking elsewhere.

But he said that while he liked the company, "I can't have Martin's driving my decisions. They're not essential."

It would be a loss for the community if Martin's moved, said Wayne Skinner, a board member of the Towson-Loch Raven Community Council. "They've added class to the neighborhood. It's been there so long. We haven't heard any complaints about noise or traffic. It's just like losing a neighbor."

The company started on June 20, 1964, when the shopping center on East Joppa Road near Goucher Boulevard was called Eudowood Plaza.

"I was 6 years old," Mr. Resnick said, adding that employees often remained at Martin's Eudowood for a long time. "The general manager was there 23 years; the cook, 21 years. It's like taking a piece of these people."

Workers and business -- from wedding receptions to bull roasts to fund-raisers -- were moved to other Martin's locations when the building was vacated.

Mr. Resnick said the company wants to remain in the Towson-Timonium-Hunt Valley area. "We want to be in the corridor. But there's not a heck of a lot [available]."

Towson Councilman Douglas B. Riley hopes the business will stay in his district. "It's a shame. But as long as they keep it in the Towson area, I will be content," he said. "They have a Martin's West and a Martin's Eastwind. They should have a Martin's Central."

Pub Date: 3/11/96

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