Two stores boost Wilde Lake center

October 08, 1997|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

The revitalization of the aging Wilde Lake Village Center continues with the opening of two stores -- a hair salon and meat shop.

Omaha Steaks took the spot of an ice cream shop, and Great Clips moved into a portion of a former High's convenience store in the village center on Lynx Lane.

Columbia officials say renovations to Produce Galore, a food store, and David's Natural Market, a health store, will be finished by December, and Streamer's, a cake shop, will open at the end of this month. "We're trying to put specialty food and service places right in the village center," said Kathleen Van Nostrand of Columbia Management Inc., which manages the village centers. "We're trying to keep up with the changing demands of Columbia."

As strip malls with storefronts that face the road have become more popular, Columbia's village centers have been hampered by their original design as inward-facing malls. Omaha Steaks and Great Clips will be in the strip mall portion of the Wilde Lake Village Center, where Produce Galore and David's Natural Market have thrived.

Columbia officials and Wilde Lake merchents said they plan to make the village center a convenient place for shoppers, but still keep the traditional ideals of Columbia's centers.

"People's time has changed," said Elizabeth P. Buckley of the Rouse Co. "Convenience today is very important, but we still want to keep the original flavor that you won't find in other village centers like the fish market, the florist and the pharmacy that draws people in."

Wilde Lake village officials expect the results of a $3,500 survey of shoppers, conducted by the Chesapeake Group to determine spending habits, attitudes and opinions, to be released in June.

Pub Date: 10/08/97

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