Erol's Video to change name, location at center

March 26, 1997

The video store that has operated out of the same spot in Wilde Lake village center for more than eight years is planning to move to a larger, more visible corner spot in the center.

When Erol's Video makes the move to a 7,000-square-foot space -- by May 16 -- it will get a new name, Blockbuster Video, said ...*...*TC spokesman for that company, which has owned the store since 1991.

The move to the space once occupied by the Wilde Lake Pharmacy was prompted in part by sluggish sales at Erol's, said Kim Sears, assistant manager.

"Hardly anybody knows we're here as Erol's," Sears said. "The main thing is to build up our revenues. Now we'll be right on the corner, and people will be able to see us from the parking lot."

The video store has been in the village center since 1989. It has operated under the Erol's name because the store was not large enough to be run as a Blockbuster Video, said Errol Gayle of Blockbuster.

But after the move to the larger locale, the store will be run under the name of the national video rental and music chain, he said.

As many as 20 new employees will be hired to join four Erol's employees, Gayle said.

A handful of loyal Erol's customers called the corporate headquarters to request that the old employees be kept on, said Gayle and Sears.

"We know everybody here -- it's like a family," Sears said. "We don't want that to change when we go into the new store."

Although the Blockbuster is to open in May, Elizabeth Buckley of the Rouse Co. said construction delays are possible.

At the latest, the new store will be ready by June 7 to coincide with Wilde Lake village's 30th anniversary celebration, she said.

Pub Date: 3/26/97

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