Two recent announcements of retail options coming to our area are clearly good news for Perry Hall shoppers. Last week, it was announced that Giant Food has chosen to open a new grocery store at the site of the former Superfresh, within the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center. Just a couple of days later, department store chain Boscov's indicated that they will be returning to their former location at White Marsh Mall.
Collectively, these two announcements are a good indication that efforts to reach out to the business community have started to bear fruit. The willingness of these two significant retail operators to look to the Perry Hall area for business expansion is good news for everyone.
It's important to note that these are but the two most recent business additions coming to our area. At White Marsh Mall, a new Skechers shore store opened last month, and four new restaurants will arrive at the mall by year's end. Over its 30-year history, White Marsh Mall has seen a number of tenants come and go, but these newcomers demonstrate that this venue still draws customers.
The addition of Giant at Perry Hall Square was also not the first prospect to choose Perry Hall. Salvo Auto Parts is in the process of moving to this shopping center, while a yogurt shop has recently opened. While one of the oldest retail venues in Perry Hall, there are some signs that Kimco Realty, the owner of this shopping center, is genuinely trying to respond to local requests to revitalize this venue through an infusion of new vendors.
To be sure, there have been some that would have preferred to see another type of food store rather than Giant. I for one would simply remind those folks that, since we live in a free market economy, it is up to individual businesses to decide for themselves where they wish to expand their retail footprints. In any event, the addition of a Giant Food in Perry Hall proper will generate more than 200 good-paying jobs. As far am I'm concerned, especially given our present economic challenges, any jobs created are well worth it.
Now comes the important part for all of us. If we want these new businesses to succeed, we must make the positive choice to patronize them. Absent customers, these new stores will simply not be able to generate the cash flow needed to justify their existence. This is especially true for the small businesses among these newcomers, most notably the restaurants. I can guarantee to readers that I will certainly go by this new Giant to try the salad bar, and will happily go over to the mall to try out the new Buca di Beppo, a great Italian place I haven't been to since I worked in Washington, D.C.
Are you planning to support the new businesses? What types of stores is the community still lacking? Tell us in the comments.