Supermarket plans approved for Northeast Baltimore site

Part of a larger effort to attract stores to city

May 31, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The city planning commission approved plans for a supermarket in Northeast Baltimore yesterday.

Mars won permission to open a 42,500-square-foot store at Loch Raven Boulevard and Northern Parkway, on the former site of a Super Pride that closed several years ago.

The project also will include a 5,600-square-foot retail strip center, plus one or two more free-standing stores.

Officials have been trying to attract more markets to the city after losing about 15 percent of them in two years.

"It gets us 40,000 square feet closer to being a livable city," said Laurie B. Schwartz, deputy mayor for economic and neighborhood development. "Crime is coming down, the city is getting cleaner, and people need the amenities, the retail services available to draw them and keep them in the city."

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