Liquor store in Wilde Lake is closing after 30 years

March 04, 1998|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

After 30 years in the Wilde Lake Village Center, Ridings Village Liquors will close by the end of April.

Columbia Management Inc. (CMI), a division of the Rouse Co. which manages Columbia's 10 village centers, says it is negotiating with at least two other liquor stores to move into the village center off Twin Rivers Road.

The liquor store is one of the original businesses in Columbia's first village center, which still features the original village center design, built around an enclosed mall. In the last few years, several stores have come and gone from the center, causing some merchants to blame its design.

"People don't want to get out of their car and get a six-pack if they have to park and walk through the center," said Bill Grady, one of the owners of Anthony Richard's Barber & Beauty Shop in the village center.

Last year, several merchants, the Wilde Lake Village Board and CMI paid $3,500 for a survey done by a Baltimore consulting firm to look at ways to save the aging center.

The center has improved in the past few months, merchants say, as new stores -- including a hair salon, butcher shop, pharmacy and bakery -- have opened, while Produce Galore and David's Natural Market are expanding.

Pub Date: 3/04/98

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