Kimco Realty, the center's management company, has finalized plans for Salvo Auto Parts and Shi Yogurt to fill five vacant spots in the shopping center, a total of 9,500 square feet, according to a news release.
The auto parts store will span four spaces, 8,500 square feet, near The Liquor Lady, while the yogurt shop will use one space, 1,000 square feet, near the Perry Hall Lanes bowling alley. Both are expected to open by the late spring or early summer, the release stated.
"I have made the revitalization of Perry Hall's business district one of my top priorities in Perry Hall, and I am excited that two job-producing businesses will be filling empty space at Perry Hall Square," Marks stated in the release.
"While everyone has their own wish list for what should fill Perry Hall Square, my emphasis has been filling the empty space and bringing new jobs to the shopping center," he stated.
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Marks has led a campaign to revitalize the historic shopping center since last year. A commercial revitalization district, offering governmental assistance to businesses at the center, was proposed by Marks and approved by the County Council in May 2011.
Forty percent of the shopping center's storefronts have been vacant since Superfresh closed in July. Out of 40 possible spaces, of varying square-foot configurations, the center currently holds only 24 active businesses, including anchor tenants ACE Hardware, Perry Hall Lanes, Rite Aid and the Dollar Tree, according to Kimco's leasing documents.
Plans for the vacant Superfresh retail space, which is about 65,000 square feet, have not yet been announced.
Gregory Reed, assistant director of Kimco Realty, told Patch in December that he expects another grocery store to fill the space.
Reed also told Patch in December that he hopes to reduce the center's vacancies by 15 to 20 percent in the new year.
With the planned addition of Salvo Auto Parts and Shi Yogurt, only 11 vacant storefronts will remain, reducing the total vacancies from 40 percent of the center to about 28 percent.