MJDesigns opens today at Long Gate

November 19, 1996|By Dan Morse | Dan Morse,SUN STAFF

With 11 aisles of picture frames alone, the latest warehouse-style store is set to open today in the Long Gate shopping center.

MJDesigns -- which also sells arts supplies, crafts supplies and interior decorating items -- joins Target, Safeway, Homeplace and Barnes & Noble at the new "power center" near the interchange of Route 103 and U.S. 29.

Still to come: Kohl's, a Blockbuster Video, Outback Steak House, Carrabba's Italian Grill, McDonald's, Citizens National Bank, Columbia Bank and a Mobile gas station, said officials at Opus East, Long Gate's developer.

Total Beverage, a giant beer and wine store, also is aiming to during in Long Gate and is seeking a sales license from the Howard County Liquor Board.

Meanwhile, at MJDesigns, 120 workers could be seen inside the store over the weekend -- rushing to stock the shelves. Store manager Jack Betzko said he expected to open by 10 a.m. today.

MJDesigns typically sells 30 percent to 40 percent of its merchandise during the holiday season, said Betzko, who is expecting to sell a lot of wreath-making supplies. Last week, the 55,000-square-foot Safeway opened at Long Gate.

Pub Date: 11/19/96

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