Security mall to get Burlington Coat store

Discount clothing chain might pull outlet from Reisterstown Road Plaza

July 15, 1999|By Lorraine Mirabella | Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF

Burlington Coat Factory plans to open a store at Security Square Mall in Woodlawn this fall, becoming the sixth anchor tenant and completing the first stage of redevelopment for the 27-year-old mall.

The Burlington, N.J., retailer, which has 13 stores in Maryland and seven in the Baltimore area, will take over 68,000 square feet of mall space, most of it the former Woolworth's, which closed in November 1997, Security Square's manager said yesterday. The Burlington store is expected to employ about 120.

Burlington is expected to close its store in Reisterstown Road Plaza, a retail source said, but a Burlington media relations representative would not confirm that.

Mark Seaman, marketing director for 37-year-old Reisterstown Road Plaza, said he had no information about Burlington's possibly leaving.

The discount clothing store is a plaza anchor along with Hechinger, Food King and a movie theater. The mall lost its fifth anchor, Caldor, when that chain went out of business.

Burlington's Security Mall store will offer designer and name-brand fashions at discounts of up to 60 percent. The store will also contain three Burlington subdivisions: Luxury Linens, the fourth-largest linens specialty retailer in the country; Baby Depot, which sells apparel for infants and toddlers, and a shoe department.

Burlington has more than 260 stores in 42 states.

Security Square had previously announced that Old Navy would become its fifth anchor, joining the Hecht Co., Montgomery Ward, Sears Roebuck and Co. and J. C. Penney Co., which in April converted its department store into a 163,000-square-foot outlet store.

Old Navy, the Gap Inc.'s lower-priced retail clothing chain, will open a 25,000-square-foot store by mid-October, said Deirdre Moore, the mall's vice president and general manager. Construction has begun on the Burlington store, which is also to open in October.

The new anchor stores will round out the first phase of plans to make the older mall more competitive, Moore said.

Since purchasing the 1 million-square-foot mall in May 1997, Capitol Real Estate Services has made $2 million in improvements, including renovating the food court, installing a security system and upgrading signs and landscaping.

In Security Square's next development phase, the mall's owner expects to add two full-service restaurants and smaller specialty retail and service-oriented tenants.

Those should be in business by the end of next year, Moore said. The mall also is considering adding a seventh anchor store, she said.

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