Supermarket signs lease for Harundale Plaza

August 04, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Super Fresh, the national supermarket chain with regional headquarters in Woodlawn, has signed a lease for a 55,000-square-foot store at Harundale Plaza, the new shopping center being built on the site of the old Harundale Mall in Glen Burnie.

In addition, Value City, the only retailer from the old mall remaining at the site, has signed a long-term lease with a stipulation that it expand from 53,000 square feet to 81,000 square feet by November, Manekin Corp., the developer, announced yesterday.

Two banks in the mall, First Union and Crestar, are negotiating leases to stay in the center, according to Candace White, a spokeswoman for Manekin.

Manekin is converting Harundale, the first enclosed mall east of the Mississippi, into a retail strip center.

Partial demolition of the mall began in March. The reopening is set for May.

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 urban retail districts in favor of the suburbs.

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

Manekin has said it probably will have leases available for a restaurant and 10 to 15 small stores at Harundale.

Pub Date: 8/04/98

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