Harundale Mall transformation starts next month Enclosed mall to become strip shopping center

February 03, 1998|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

Partial demolition of Harundale Mall in Glen Burnie is tentatively set to begin next month, with groundbreaking for renovations in the summer, a Manekin Corp. spokesman said yesterday.

Cole Schnorf, senior vice president and regional development director of the Columbia-based company, said Manekin officially acquired the mall Dec. 30 and is waiting for the county to approve a permit before starting demolition.

"We would have liked to have been a little further along," Schnorf said. "Originally, we thought we were going to close in November."

Manekin plans to convert Harundale Mall, the first enclosed mall east of the Mississippi, into a retail strip center with a grocery store and the existing Value City store as its anchors.

Schnorf said Manekin has been negotiating for months with a grocery store that he would not identify and that he hoped the lease would be signed within a month.

Rouse Co., which developed Columbia, built the mall 40 years ago during the post-World War II suburban boom. The $10 million project foreshadowed the decline of city retail districts in favor of the suburbs.

As competition developed from newer nearby malls with big-name stores, Harundale's occupancy and customer traffic steadily dropped.

Manekin plans to remove the interior of the mall in redeveloping it into a 237,000-square-foot strip center.

The bank branches now at the mall, First Union and Crestar, along with Value City, which plans to add 30,000 square feet to its 53,000-square-foot store, will remain open during the renovations.

Schnorf said plans are not final but that Manekin probably will have leases available for a restaurant and 10 to 15 small stores at Harundale.

The mall should completely reopen by early next year, he said.

Pub Date: 2/03/98

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