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August 23, 1994
A 17-year-old Harmans boy was robbed at gunpoint Saturday afternoon after he was approached by two men at Dobbin Center in Owen Brown, Howard County police said.About 4:45 p.m. Saturday, police said, the victim was walking toward the rear of the shopping center in the 6400 block of Dobbin Road when two men, one with a handgun, confronted him and demanded money.The victim turned over cash, and then the two robbers ran away. No injuries were reported, police said.Both men were described as black, about 18 to 19 years old and 5 feet, 10 inches tall.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | September 15, 2003
A furniture store is coming to Dobbin Center, taking over the remaining space in a building that had been vacant and an eyesore in Columbia's retail market for four years. Nine months after Wal-Mart announced it would locate in the retail center at Dobbin Road and Route 175 - a move that is expected to help revitalize the aging center - Haverty Furniture Companies Inc. said it would open in the building formerly occupied by Upton's department store. Part of the site is leased to a patio furniture store.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1996
The Bob's Big Boy Family Restaurant on Dobbin Center Way in east Columbia is closing today.The manager and other employees directed all inquiries to the restaurant's owner.But calls to the owner weren't returned yesterday, so it wasn't immediately known why the family restaurant is closing. A large white sign in the restaurant's entrance spread the news to visitors yesterday afternoon. It read: "This Big Boy will close operations at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, 1996."
NEWS
March 2, 2003
Dobbin Center leases part of Upton's space to patio, pool store A patio-and-pool store is leasing part of the former Upton's department store building at Dobbin Center, and the real estate agent leasing the building is hoping to soon release the name of a larger retailer to occupy the rest of the space. News of the Upton's building lease comes on the heels of an announcement that Wal-Mart will lease the former Kmart building in the same shopping center. The Upton's lease is a sign of revitalization for the aging shopping center and reinforces the strength of Columbia's retail markets outside its village centers, analysts said.
BUSINESS
By Gary Rosenzweig and Gary Rosenzweig,Staff Writer | June 17, 1993
Uptons, a clothing chain based in Atlanta, is planning to move into the Baltimore area next spring by opening a store in the Dobbin Center in Columbia, the company said yesterday.Uptons, which operates 28 stores in the Southeast, sells discount to upper-moderate-priced clothing. It is a subsidiary of New York-based Amcena Corp.The Columbia store would replace a Hechinger that occupies the 60,000-square-foot anchor spot at the Dobbin Center. The Hechinger store is moving to larger quarters at Snowden Square, also in Columbia, and upgrading to its new Home Projects Center format.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1997
The farmers say there are not enough customers.The shoppers say there are not enough farmers.So goes the Tuesday farmers' market at Dobbin Center off Route 175 in east Columbia, which will close three weeks early this year -- and possibly not return next year."
BUSINESS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | February 14, 2003
Retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will open a new store in a former Kmart in Columbia's Dobbin Center, a move that real estate observers say will help revitalize the aging center. The announcement comes almost a year after Kmart Corp. announced that it was closing the 108,000-square-foot store along Little Patuxent Parkway as part of a major downsizing. A spokesman for Wal-Mart, which has no store in Columbia, said the store will provide about 200 jobs. Local observers say it also will draw more shoppers and other retailers.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | October 7, 2002
The already struggling Dobbin Center in Columbia was dealt another blow last week when BGE Home Products and Services announced it would close its BGE Home stores, including the one in the aged and anchorless strip mall. The Dobbin Center, at Route 175 and Dobbin Road, across the street from the newer and trendier Columbia Crossing shopping center, is dangerously close to losing more stores, one analyst said, if owner Kimco Realty Corp. does not quickly make changes or bring in retailers that will.
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By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | July 24, 2000
A grocery store could fill the former Uptons building in Columbia, becoming the town's only supermarket outside a village center and breathing new life into Dobbin Center. The space, which could be occupied in as few as three to four months, will "mostly likely" house a grocery store, said Cole Schnorf, senior vice president of development for Manekin Corp., which has the leasing rights to the building. Schnorf said Manekin is talking with two grocery companies about the space, although he declined to disclose which chains.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2003
A patio and pool store is leasing part of the former Upton's department store building at Dobbin Center, and the real estate agent leasing the building is hoping to soon release the name of a larger retailer to occupy the rest of the space. News of the Upton's building lease comes on the heels of an announcement that Wal-Mart will lease the former Kmart building in the same shopping center. The Upton's lease is a sign of revitalization for the aging shopping center and reinforces the strength of Columbia's retail markets outside its village centers, analysts said.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2003
A patio and pool store is leasing part of the former Upton's department store building at Dobbin Center, and the real estate agent leasing the building is hoping to soon release the name of a larger retailer to occupy the rest of the space. News of the Upton's building lease comes on the heels of an announcement that Wal-Mart will lease the former Kmart building in the same shopping center. The Upton's lease is a sign of revitalization for the aging shopping center and reinforces the strength of Columbia's retail markets outside its village centers, analysts said.
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2003
A patio and pool store is leasing part of the former Upton's department store building at Dobbin Center, and the real estate agent leasing the building is hoping to soon release the name of a larger retailer to occupy the rest of the space. News of the Upton's building lease comes on the heels of an announcement that Wal-Mart will lease the former Kmart building in the same shopping center. The Upton's lease is a sign of revitalization for the aging shopping center and reinforces the strength of Columbia's retail markets outside its village centers, analysts said.
BUSINESS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | February 14, 2003
Retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will open a new store in a former Kmart in Columbia's Dobbin Center, a move that real estate observers say will help revitalize the aging center. The announcement comes almost a year after Kmart Corp. announced that it was closing the 108,000-square-foot store along Little Patuxent Parkway as part of a major downsizing. A spokesman for Wal-Mart, which has no store in Columbia, said the store will provide about 200 jobs. Local observers say it also will draw more shoppers and other retailers.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | October 21, 2002
EXPO Design Center will open Saturday as the anchor to a new set of strip centers near Columbia Crossing that commercial broker Bob Morris hopes could "bring excitement to the market" - perhaps even enough to help the struggling Dobbin Center. The 91,000-square-foot store with 10 designer showrooms has beaten its soon-to-be neighbors in Columbia Crossing II by at least a year, a Rouse Co. spokeswoman said. The new strip center, which will contain a handful of other stores, is adjacent to a second strip mall development called Dobbin Station, also under way. Both centers are expected to open next year.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | October 7, 2002
The already struggling Dobbin Center in Columbia was dealt another blow last week when BGE Home Products and Services announced it would close its BGE Home stores, including the one in the aged and anchorless strip mall. The Dobbin Center, at Route 175 and Dobbin Road, across the street from the newer and trendier Columbia Crossing shopping center, is dangerously close to losing more stores, one analyst said, if owner Kimco Realty Corp. does not quickly make changes or bring in retailers that will.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2002
Columbia's Dobbin Center has survived for nearly three years without an anchor store at one end of the strip mall. But with Kmart announcing that it will vacate its property at the 17-year-old mall's other end, some are wondering whether the news will spell doom for Dobbin Center, which is living in the shadow - literally and figuratively - of the modern and very popular Columbia Crossing, towering uphill across Route 175. "What it means for a center...
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | September 15, 2003
A furniture store is coming to Dobbin Center, taking over the remaining space in a building that had been vacant and an eyesore in Columbia's retail market for four years. Nine months after Wal-Mart announced it would locate in the retail center at Dobbin Road and Route 175 - a move that is expected to help revitalize the aging center - Haverty Furniture Companies Inc. said it would open in the building formerly occupied by Upton's department store. Part of the site is leased to a patio furniture store.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2002
Columbia's Dobbin Center has survived for nearly three years without an anchor store at one end of the strip mall. But with Kmart announcing that it will vacate its property at the 17-year-old mall's other end, some are wondering whether the news will spell doom for Dobbin Center, which is living in the shadow - literally and figuratively - of the modern and very popular Columbia Crossing, towering uphill across Route 175. "What it means for a center...
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2001
To the Starbucks Coffee Co., a new shopping center being built on the south side of the intersection of Dobbin Road and Route 175 represents a chance to plant itself in a market it has been eyeing for years. But the new shopping center might also be the start of a new look for south-side shopping, spurred in part by the success of the Rouse Co.'s Columbia Crossing, just across Route 175. In addition to the new retail complex, which will bring six stores and restaurants to the site of the former Alexander's Steakhouse, Rouse and Manekin Corp.
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By Dahlia Naqib and Dahlia Naqib,SUN STAFF | July 26, 2000
To the ranks of elite agricultural products like "Vidalia onions," "Indian River citrus" and "Napa Valley wines" can be added "Howard County Grown produce." The designation, which is part of a promotional program to help county farmers, was unveiled yesterday by County Executive James N. Robey, who emphasized the importance of supporting local farmers. The promotional materials, which include stickers and labels printed with the "Howard County Grown" logo, are meant to separate Howard farmers from their competition by fostering customer recognition and emphasizing freshness, said Ginger Myers, agricultural marketing specialist for the county Economic Development Authority.
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