Grocer seeks state loan to open store in Arbutus Plaza viewed as key to revitalizing area

March 20, 1998|By Ron Snyder | Ron Snyder,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

An Arbutus businessman is seeking a $250,000 loan from the state to open a grocery store in a shopping center on Maiden Choice Lane, seen as key to Arbutus' revitalization efforts.

Paul Nalley, who owns Nalley's Great Value grocery stores in Dundalk and Lansdowne, wants to open a third store in a vacant space in Arbutus Plaza. Nalley has applied for a state loan.

Before Nalley can go ahead with his project -- which he estimates will create up to 100 jobs -- he needs a resolution of support from the Baltimore County Council.

He said he is confident he will win approval of the resolution at the council's April 20 meeting, noting that the project has the support of Council Chairman Stephen G. Sam Moxley, a Catonsville Democrat, and local legislators.

"Without the help of the state loan or the support of the representatives, this wouldn't happen, and the plaza wouldn't be able to survive without an anchor store," Nalley said.

Amcorp Inc., the owner of Arbutus Plaza, has financed a refurbishment of the shopping center. However, the plaza has been without an anchor store for about a year, since the grocery store there closed.

Nalley's project is one of a number aimed at revitalizing the Arbutus commercial district. Others include a streetscape initiative on East Drive and Sulfur Spring Road and the redevelopment of the Hollywood Theatre, which burned a few years ago and is scheduled to reopen in May.

Nalley said he has wanted a store in the plaza since the previous grocery store closed.

"I am from the area, so I knew the community," said Nalley, who is confident he can succeed in that location.

State Del. James E. Malone Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat and supporter of the project, said Nalley's proposal is an example of state and local cooperation.

"The state makes available money for small businesses looking to expand. A man like Paul Nalley is what we love: a local businessman who wants to help revitalization of his community and create jobs," Malone said.

Pub Date: 3/20/98

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