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By Nora Koch and Nora Koch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | February 16, 1997
A part of Carroll County's retail history ended Thursday when the county's first chain department store changed its name from Leggett to Belk.Despite a name change after 32 years in Westminster, the department store's longtime customers will find a family tie to Leggett's earliest days in Westminster.Carl Rosen Jr., Belk's assistant manager, is the son of the manager of the original Leggett store at the Westminster Shopping Center on Route 140. Carl Rosen Sr. retired from Leggett in 1985 before the store moved to Cranberry Mall.
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Staff Reports | December 7, 2012
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said Friday it had arrested a man and charged him with arsonĀ  after he allegedly started a fire outside Cranberry Square Shopping Center in Westminster. According to a release, Edwin Lawrence Kaiss Jr., 49, was taken into custody without incident after deputies identified him as a suspect in a small fire that was set at about 3:20 p.m. behind the shopping center located at 405 N. Center St., off Route 140, in Westminster. According to the fire marshal's office, investigators believe a man removed combustibles from a trash receptacle and set fire to them near the building.
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By Compiled from the archives of the Historical Society of Carroll County | April 4, 1999
50 Years Ago: The importance of courtesy in the Westminster shopping center was given emphasis Monday evening by members of the Retail Merchants Association when they entertained about 250 employees in the Westminster Methodist Church. President A. Willis Wampler Jr.said the purpose of the meeting was for the employees to become more community-minded relative to retail merchandising. Westminsterhas large free parking space and well-stocked stores with comparable merchandise and prices, making it a convenient shopping center for a wide area, he declared.
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By Katie V. Jones | August 4, 2011
Despite gray skies that prompted a move indoors, school children from around Westminster were smiling on Aug. 3 as they got ready for the upcoming school year during the fourth annual Shop with a Cop Back to School Day program. As members of the Westminster Police Force escorted them through a line set up in West Middle School, about 100 children were able to select pencils, glue sticks, notebook paper and more, and then stuff it all into a new backpack. "We basically got everything here," said Kaylee Jenkins, 6, who will be attending first grade at Westminster Elementary School, of school supplies.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | July 27, 1993
The Westminster Shopping Center is giving Pamela Snowhite Davis and her counter-culture shop Liberation until Labor Day to leave, according to court papers and attorneys involved in the case.Even though rent hasn't been paid for the store since May, attorneys for the shopping center and for Davis are expected to sign an agreement this week allowing the 48-year-old marijuana-rights activist to keep Liberation open as long as she pays rent for August and the first week of September."We're not interested in being unfair, and we want to permit her to stay so she can liquidate in an orderly fashion," said J. Barry Hughes, the Westminster attorney representing shopping center owner Washington Real Estate Investment Trust.
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By Staff Report | January 2, 1994
The Rotary Club of Westminster, chartered for nearly 75 years, is creating a Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame to be housed at Carroll Community College.The Hall of Fame will consist of plaques honoring the inductees.On Jan. 19, five charter members, chosen by a committee of local residents, will be inducted into the hall at a banquet in the atrium at Carroll Community College.The Sports Hall of Fame is one of many projects the Rotary Club has established. Others include the first city playground, Little League baseball, initiating Westminster High School scholarships and sponsoring foreign exchange students.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Staff Writer | August 17, 1993
Larry Jo Bobbs, 46, of Germantown, Montgomery County, was charged yesterday with the December 1992 robbery of the Jo Ann Fabrics shop in the Westminster Shopping Center.Mr. Bobbs is in the Anne Arundel Detention Center. He is charged with several similar robberies in that county, Montgomery County and Pennsylvania.According to court documents, Mr. Bobbs went into the fabric shop and purchased a spool of thread, paid for it and left the store.Within minutes, he returned to the shop and approached the cashier with two packages of tinsel in his hand, the documents said.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | January 25, 2004
The State Highway Administration is trying to condemn a small piece of private land in Westminster so it can move forward with construction on Route 140. The State Roads Commission of the State Highway Administration and the trustees of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust of Rockville, which owns the Westminster Shopping Center at Route 140 and Engler Road, could not agree on a purchase price for a parcel of land that is 0.013 of an acre, according to...
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | July 29, 1993
Scoffing at an agreement that would have allowed her Westminster counterculture store to remain in business through Labor Day, marijuana-rights activist Pamela Snowhite Davis yesterday said she is packing up and getting out.According to people familiar with the case, the owners of the Westminster Shopping Center were prepared to allow Ms. Davis and her store, Liberation, to make weekly rent payments through Labor Day so that she could liquidate her stock.But...
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | April 19, 1994
Returning to a place she has branded as "evil," marijuana rights activist Pamela Snowhite Davis came to Carroll County yesterday and settled a $40,000 civil lawsuit filed by the owners of the Westminster shopping center where she once ran her counterculture shop, Liberation.Davis, 49, will pay the Washington Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the Westminster Shopping Center, $5,000 when she and her estranged husband, Daniel, sell their Silver Run farm.The money, which roughly corresponds to the rent Davis failed to pay for Liberation last year between May -- when she was sent to prison on felony drug charges involving less than an ounce of marijuana -- and August, when she closed the store.
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By Bob Allen | July 21, 2011
One could think of the electric vehicle charging station at Westminster's College Square shopping center as a single point in a widening state-, region- and nation-wide grid. The two plug-in devices, installed in January, have had very little use so far - literally just a few charges. But advocates of the electric vehicle market believe that will change. "The (two) charging stations are part of our overall sustainability and efficiency initiative," said Garrett Giusti, of Owings Mills-based Black Oak Associates, which owns and developed College Square.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | July 27, 2009
Prepare to duck as you enter Cal Bloom's Barber Shoppe in Westminster. There's a fierce-looking plaster raven atop the doorway, guaranteed to make your hair stand up. All the easier for Cal to cut it. See the lunchroom across the way, all dolled up with balloons and banners of purple and gold? Step inside Harry's Main Street Grille and order a Terrell Suggs Panini ("Guaranteed to knock you off your feet!"). Down the road at Baugher's Restaurant - just a shout from the football field - the staff is braced for the start of Ravens training camp this week.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | January 25, 2004
The State Highway Administration is trying to condemn a small piece of private land in Westminster so it can move forward with construction on Route 140. The State Roads Commission of the State Highway Administration and the trustees of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust of Rockville, which owns the Westminster Shopping Center at Route 140 and Engler Road, could not agree on a purchase price for a parcel of land that is 0.013 of an acre, according to...
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By Compiled from the archives of the Historical Society of Carroll County | April 25, 1999
50 years ago: The importance of courtesy in the Westminster shopping center was given emphasis at the "Courtesy Night" meeting held Monday evening by members of the Retail Merchants Association. They entertained about 250 employees in the Westminster Methodist church. Greetings were extended by President A. Willis Wampler, Jr. He told the group that the purpose of the meeting was for employees to become better acquainted and more community-minded relative to retail merchandising. Progress in the past 25 years and the use of automobiles have changed trends in retailing, he said.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | March 16, 1999
A popular and profitable thrift store, forced to close when its aging Main Street building was condemned, reopens Thursday in Westminster Shopping Center.Westminster Rescue Mission Store, a downtown mainstay, has signed a three-year lease for a 3,000-square-foot shop near the Co-Op Super Market on Route 140.The location is smaller and costlier than its former two-story brick building, which the mission had owned for more than 30 years.The $2,500 monthly rent for the new space adds overhead costs, but the Rev. Clifford Elkins, mission executive director, expects the store to continue generating revenues of about $300,000 annually, all from selling donated items.
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By Nora Koch and Nora Koch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | February 16, 1997
A part of Carroll County's retail history ended Thursday when the county's first chain department store changed its name from Leggett to Belk.Despite a name change after 32 years in Westminster, the department store's longtime customers will find a family tie to Leggett's earliest days in Westminster.Carl Rosen Jr., Belk's assistant manager, is the son of the manager of the original Leggett store at the Westminster Shopping Center on Route 140. Carl Rosen Sr. retired from Leggett in 1985 before the store moved to Cranberry Mall.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | March 16, 1999
A popular and profitable thrift store, forced to close when its aging Main Street building was condemned, reopens Thursday in Westminster Shopping Center.Westminster Rescue Mission Store, a downtown mainstay, has signed a three-year lease for a 3,000-square-foot shop near the Co-Op Super Market on Route 140.The location is smaller and costlier than its former two-story brick building, which the mission had owned for more than 30 years.The $2,500 monthly rent for the new space adds overhead costs, but the Rev. Clifford Elkins, mission executive director, expects the store to continue generating revenues of about $300,000 annually, all from selling donated items.
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November 12, 1996
WESTMINSTER'S T. W. Mather & Sons has been a relic for some years now -- a vestige of life before suburbanization drove businesses out of towns and cities to malls and megastores, an anachronism amid retail giants and perpetual discounts.Local Baltimore area department stores have been dropping like pins in a dressing room for more than two decades. Hochschild's, Hutzler's, Stewart's -- all dead. Woodward & Lothrop, the classy Washington store with a mall-anchor location in Parole, went down fighting last year.
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