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By Michael Dresser | January 21, 1992
The 1980s were not kind to Westview Mall.Stewart's closed. Then Hutzler's. Hamburgers left for nearby Security Square Mall in 1988.Westview, the jewel of the Baltimore suburban shopping scene when Gov. Theodore McKeldin cut the ribbon in 1958, had lost its glitter.The 1990s didn't start much better. Within a year, two women were shot in robberies in well-publicized incidents in Westview's parking lot. One of them died. Longtime customers thought twice about going to the mall -- and didn't even think of going at night, mall employees say.But with new management, a $20 million face lift and expansion, improved security and a shift in strategy, the old mall at U.S. 40 and the Beltway is showing signs of a renaissance.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | March 6, 2008
Closed since 2005, the Westview Mall cinemas will reopen tomorrow as the Diamond Cinemas Westview under the ownership of local comic-book distributor Steve Geppi. "I've always had an affinity for movies and movie theaters," says Geppi, 58, owner of Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of English-language comic books. "And I've always thought the best place to locate a comic-book store would be next door to, or practically in, a movie theater. Not that I'm ready to announce that I'm opening a comic-book store at Westview, but you never know."
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun | October 23, 1991
A Baltimore County jury must decide whether a Woodlawn man acted as a lookout in the fatal shooting of a teacher's aide in the Westview Mall parking lot or was an innocent man who thought he was taking a friend to buy a part for a VCR.Gregory Lawrence, 34, of the first block of Cheviot Court, is charged with the first-degree murder of Jane Frances Tyson, 49, who was robbed of $10 and killed June 6 in front of two of her grandchildren in a secluded area...
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | August 22, 2001
Richmond J. Mellendick Sr., whose easygoing disposition and wide smile as major-domo at Westview Mall department stores cheered shoppers and employees, died Sunday from complications of bypass surgery at University of Maryland Medical Center. The longtime Catonsville resident was 76. After his retirement in 1983 from American Oil Co. in Wagner's Point, where he had been a laboratory technician for 29 years, Mr. Mellendick missed working and being around people. "He sat around for a year, and I said this can't go on. I married him for better or worse, but not for lunch," said his wife of 54 years, the former Mary Jane Gerlach.
BUSINESS
By Cindy Harper-Evans | December 15, 1990
A $30 million renovation and expansion of Westview Mall, considered the key to the revitalization of Catonsville's Route 40 corridor, is being threatened by the breach of a lease agreement by Marshalls, one of the mall's designated anchor stores.In a suit filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court Dec. 4, Westview Mall accused Marshalls of illegally terminating a 10-year lease signed in May. Marshalls, a Massachusetts-based retail chain, was scheduled to open at the mall in September.The suit asks for at least $75 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages.
NEWS
By Sheridan Lyons | October 25, 1991
A Woodlawn man was found guilty of murder yesterday by a Baltimore County jury in the fatal shooting and $10 robbery of Jane Frances Tyson June 6 on the back lot of Westview Mall, where she had taken two of her grandchildren to buy shoes.Gregory Lawrence, 34, of Cheviot Court, who was accused of being the getaway driver in a robbery that turned to murder, was convicted of first-degree murder, armed robbery and a handgun violation.The jury deliberated for 5 1/2 hours before returning the verdict at 10:30 p.m. Lawrence could get up to life without parole at his sentencing Jan. 13.Lawrence testified yesterday that he had taken the other defendant to buy a tape for a videocassette recorder at the mall and had nothing to do with the crime.
BUSINESS
By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Sun Staff Writer | April 1, 1994
The owner of Westview Mall, one of the grand dames of local shopping complexes, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with its major debt being a $27 million loan from the Bank of Montreal.The bankruptcy petition was filed by Westview Mall Associates, a limited partnership set up by Balcor Co., a major national commercial real estate company based in Skokie, Ill. The mall, at the intersection of Route 40 West and the Beltway, was purchased by the limited partnership in August 1989.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun | August 25, 1991
Scott Davis has never shopped much at Westview Mall because of what he considers to be some good reasons."In my eyes, it was a dangerous place to shop. It was run down and it was a mess," said Mr. Davis, president of the Westview Park Improvement and Civic Association, which represents the neighborhood north of the mall, along U.S. 40 in Catonsville.The June slaying of a 49-year-old grandmother in the mall parking lot and the shooting last September of a Baltimore teacher in another robbery attempt reinforced the opinion of many neighbors that the mall was a dangerous place.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Staff Writer | November 24, 1992
The husband of Jane Tyson, the grandmother slain on the Westview Mall parking lot during a June 1991 robbery, has filed a lawsuit against the mall's owners, alleging that they knew about a violent crime wave at the mall, yet failed to protect Mrs. Tyson."
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | June 2, 2000
Sam's Club, the warehouse club division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will open at Westview Mall in March, completing the final phase of the Catonsville mall's $20 million redevelopment. Fairfax, Va.-based Peterson Cos., which has been redeveloping Westview since buying it with a 40 percent vacancy rate in late 1997, said yesterday that it has finalized a lease with the retailer. The company, one of the Washington area's largest privately owned retail developers, said it expects to start the second phase of mall reconstruction by the end of the month.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | June 2, 2000
Sam's Club, the warehouse club division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will open at Westview Mall in March, completing the final phase of the Catonsville mall's $20 million redevelopment. Fairfax, Va.-based Peterson Cos., which has been redeveloping Westview since buying it with a 40 percent vacancy rate in late 1997, said yesterday that it has finalized a lease with the retailer. The company, one of the Washington area's largest privately owned retail developers, said it expects to start the second phase of mall reconstruction by the end of the month.
NEWS
June 13, 1999
New cinema could save Chatham Mall The destruction of Chatham Mall does a terrible injustice to residents of this community. This mall has been the focal point for many activities in past years. The many craft shows held there, the children's programs including the Christmas train and train garden, the concerts. There are many people who walk the mall every morning for exercise and health and can also get their blood pressure checked for free every couple of weeks thanks to the Howard County Hospital.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | October 23, 1998
Stepping up its rivalry with Home Depot, Lowe's Companies Inc. is considering building its third Baltimore-area store at Westview Mall in Catonsville, where the North Carolina retailer would help jump-start a planned revitalization of the struggling center.Lowe's hopes to build a 135,000-square-foot store and separate garden center at the mall on U.S. 40, just inside the Baltimore Beltway, though it has not yet signed a final agreement, said Rusty Collins, site assessment manager for Lowe's.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sagar Chowdhury | August 14, 1997
Essex DayGet ready for what is being billed as the "largest non-admission festival in all of Baltimore County." The 20th annual Essex Day Festival kicks off on Sunday with the opening ceremonies at noon on the Taylor Avenue stage.Packed with arts and crafts, loads of great food, music, music and more music, the festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.This year's event boasts three stages jammed with live performances. The Mace Avenue stage will be headlined by Rich and the Roadrunners, along with performances by Mickey Light and his Sounds of Sinatra, Frank El and Special Delivery.
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By Lori Sears | March 20, 1997
Bear marketJoin the Berenstain Bears as they offer a song and dance performance at the Westview Mall on Saturday. See the entire Berenstain family -- Mama, Papa, Sister and Brother -- in their "Rise 'N Shine Revue" as they awake from their winter hibernation and look to celebrate springtime. Children in the audience are invited to help wake up the bears from their long winter's nap with encouragement, singing and dancing.The Berenstain Bears will perform four 20-minute shows at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Value City Court in the Westview Mall, 5748 Baltimore National Pike, Saturday.
BUSINESS
December 16, 1996
New positionsWestview Mall hires Clark as marketing directorWestview Mall has appointed Robyn J. Clark marketing director. She will have responsibility for the development of marketing plans, advertising, special events, public relations and merchant relations. Clark formerly was general manager of Eastpoint Mall and held a marketing position at Towson Market Place. Monumental Life Insurance Co. appointed Gary Willan vice president of general agency administration. He has responsibility for military, pre-need, corporate and government initiatives.
NEWS
By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer | October 22, 1992
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Wesley Baker, a 34-year-old East Baltimore man accused of robbing and murdering a teacher's aide in front of her grandchildren on a Westview Mall parking lot.In opening remarks at Mr. Baker's trial yesterday, State's Attorney Sandra A. O'Connor told a Harford Circuit Court jury of the state's intention to seek the death penalty. Mr. Baker is accused of fatally shooting 49-year-old Jane Tyson on June 6, 1991.Mrs. Tyson had gone to the mall with her 6-year-old grandson and 4-year-old granddaughter to buy a pair of shoes.
NEWS
By David Michael Ettlin and Michael Dresser and David Michael Ettlin and Michael Dresser,Staff Writers | October 7, 1992
A 44-year-old nurse was stabbed yesterday by an assailant on a parking lot at Westview Mall, Baltimore County police said.Injured was Carolyn Yvonne Johnson.She was stepping out of her 1985 Nissan 300ZX sports car on the ground level of the mall's enclosed lot when an unknown man ran up and stabbed her twice in the left side, police said.Ms. Johnson, of the 300 block of N. Beaumont Ave., managed to close her car door and lean on the horn as the man fled.No words were exchanged, nothing was taken, and the motive for the attack was uncertain, police said.
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By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Kevin L. McQuaid contributed to this report | November 30, 1996
Driven by the American obsession with sales and freebies, shoppers rose before dawn to take part in the traditional feast of holiday shopping yesterday.And because Black Friday came as late on the calendar as it could, stores conspired to get customers through their doors earlier in the morning than ever.At the Target in Ellicott City's Long Gate Shopping Center, which opened at 7 a.m., they started arriving at 5: 30 a.m.By 6: 45, the crowd had swelled to more than 100.Why does someone get up that early to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving?
NEWS
By Karin Remesch and Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | November 24, 1996
One lucky young ballerina will get a chance to dance in the Baltimore production of the Moscow State Ballet's "Nutcracker" Dec. 5-8 at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore and Charles streets.Local ballerinas between the ages of 7 and 13 may try out from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Value City Court at Westview Mall, on U.S. Route 40 just inside the Beltway. A prima ballerina from the Moscow State Ballet will judge the contest.The winning ballerina will also receive six free tickets.
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