Wilde Lake Giant store set to close Sept. 28

September 01, 2006|By Tyrone Richardson | Tyrone Richardson,sun reporter

The Giant grocery store in Wilde Lake Village Center is scheduled to close Sept. 28, officials for the supermarket confirmed this week.

An official for Kimco Realty Corp., the New Hyde Park, N.Y., company that owns the village center, said it is looking for a tenant to lease the building.

"Our first priority would be to get another grocery store to anchor that center," said Kathie VanNostrand, marketing director for Kimco's Mid-Atlantic region.

The Wilde Lake Village Board is scheduled to discuss Giant's closure at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Slayton House, 10451 Twin Rivers Road. The meeting is open to the public.

At a later date, the village's revitalization committee will hold an information meeting.

"Village residents and merchants [at the information meeting] will get the chance to express their concerns and meet with representatives from Kimco and other planners," said Rhoda Toback, chairwoman of the Wilde Lake Village Board.

VanNostrand said Kimco was aware that Giant's lease at the village center was to expire in fall 2007, and had no indication the company would leave a year early.

Officials for Giant said the store, built in the late 1960s, has about 25,000 square feet -- 17,000 square feet devoted to the sales floor -- and is too small to meet the needs of the community. Today's supermarkets are about 60,000 to 70,000 square feet, officials have said.

Last month, the Landover-based company announced the openings, renovations and closures of stores in the Delmarva region.

In addition to the Wilde Lake store, Giant will close six others in the region before the end of the year.

tyrone.richardson@baltsun.com

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