Blinds to Go to open 20 more area stores

Maryland Watch

March 04, 1998

Blinds to Go, a specialty store of custom window blinds and shades, plans an aggressive expansion in the Baltimore-Washington region, the Montreal-based chain said yesterday.

The 70-store chain will open about 20 stores in the region, adding to its current seven locations, which include Columbia, Rockville and Waldorf. The company has signed leases for 4,800 square feet on Route 1 in Laurel and for 4,784 square feet on East Joppa Road in Towson.

Real estate brokerage firm KLNB Inc. said it is seeking high-traffic locations in Baltimore County and Northern Virginia for the stores, which sell 20,000 blind and shade styles, some at discounts of up to 60 percent. Blinds to Go typically locates in shopping centers with home-furnishing and home-improvement stores.

In an expansion capitalizing on the current boom in the home-improvement industry, the company plans 50 new stores in trade areas of at least 200,000 consumers.

"The company attracts customers that take pride in their house and home furnishings," said Scott Lifschultz, the chain's real estate leasing manager.

Pub Date: 3/04/98

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