Rouse plans to expand Owings Mills mall Move anticipates arrival of 75,000 new residents

April 19, 1997|By Liz Bowie | Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF

An article in yesterday's editions about plans to expand Owings Mills mall incorrectly said that the Banana Republic store in the mall had closed. The store remains open.

The Sun regrets the error.

Rouse Co., anticipating a growing market of new homeowners surrounding Owings Mills, is planning a third expansion of its mall there within the next two years, including the addition of Sears Roebuck and Co., a 16-screen movie theater and perhaps Lord & Taylor.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

Rouse has an agreement in principal with Sears but is negotiating with Lord & Taylor for a department store.

Rouse spokeswoman Cathy Lickteig said yesterday that Sears and a General Cinema multiplex theater would be expected to open in the fall of 1998.

"The other department store is still in negotiations," Lickteig said, declining to identify it.

However, an engineering company working for Rouse identified the building as destined for a Lord & Taylor in an April 2 letter to Baltimore County planners. The letter sought approval for the mall expansion.

The two new department stores would give Owings Mills five anchors, including Macy's, Hecht Co. and a J.C. Penney that is under construction in a space vacated by Saks Fifth Avenue.

Ten years ago, Rouse Co. opened Owings Mills mall as the upscale place to shop in Baltimore, with Saks Fifth Avenue, Laura Ashley, AnnTaylor, Williams-Sonoma and Banana Republic stores under one dome. But all but AnnTaylor have left.

After Saks decided to close its store there last year, Rouse said it would alter the mall to take advantage of the 75,000 new residents that are expected to move within four miles of the shopping facility in the next five years. Many of the people moving into the area are first-time homeowners, and mall manager Michael A. Khouri said the company would like to have stores offering lots of items for homes.

Sears would build a 124,000-square-foot store that would jut out of the food pavilion. Another 20,000 square feet of retail space would fill the area next to the pavilion and the food court.

Sears also would build a separate 10,700-square-foot auto center.

"We have an understanding with the Rouse Co. We do not have a signed deal," said Lee Antonio, a spokeswoman for Sears.

The space for the other department store is on the opposite side of the food pavilion from Sears.

The 64,000-square-foot theater will be in a separate building on Red Run Boulevard.

Another building for restaurants also has been proposed for a site near the mall.

Pub Date: 4/19/97

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