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Gino's Planned for Perry Hall in 2012

Perry Hall residents Kathleen Kropp and Sophie Kennedy have purchased franchise territories in Perry Hall, White Marsh and Dundalk.

Exactly when and where remains to be decided, but two entrepreneurs will assure you that .

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Business partners Kathleen Kropp and Sophie Kennedy confirmed Wednesday that they have purchased Gino's Burgers and Chicken franchise territories in Perry Hall, White Marsh and Dundalk. The announcement came on the heels of the grand opening of the , the first in Maryland since the Pasadena location closed in 1991.

Kropp and Kennedy said they are meeting to discuss a lease agreement in Perry Hall on Thursday, although nothing has been made final. If a location is secured soon, the Perry Hall Gino's may open by January or February 2012.

The Dundalk location is also expected to open in 2012 in the Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue area, while the White Marsh location, expected to open in 2013, is planned for a future development along Campbell Boulevard across from Target, they said.

"We are just so excited to start this new chapter of our lives," Kennedy said.

Kennedy, 59, and Kropp, 61, who live houses apart on Robins Perch Lane in Perry Hall, are no strangers to the world of business.

Kropp, a native of Highlandtown, works as a representative for Triple H Transport, a building moving company. She previously spent nearly 30 years owning and operating a neighborhood bar and nightclub in Baltimore.

"That's where Sophie and I first met," Kropp said. The two women, divorcees and single parents, became fast friends.

In addition to running her own businesses, she has also worked as a small business consultant. "That's what I've done most of my life—going into businesses and figuring out how to build them up," Kropp said.

Kennedy, originally from Dundalk, has worked for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for the past 22 years. She expects to retire soon to focus on the new Gino's stores.

Both Kropp and Kennedy are active members of the Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore organization.

They had previously planned to open a liquor store together in Honeygo Village Center along Honeygo Boulevard, "but someone else beat us to it," Kennedy said with a laugh.

They said they hope to someday leave the Gino's locations to their adult children, Kropp's 39-year-old daughter and Kennedy's 23-year-old son.

"We wouldn't go into this unless we had complete confidence in the product," Kennedy said. "They only use fresh ground beef—nothing is frozen."

A Gino's will bring an influx of new customers to the area, they said.

County Councilman David Marks has that a Gino's would benefit Perry Hall's larger business community. Marks has suggested a Gino's be built in the parking lot of the .

"We believe in giving back to the community. That's why Gino's had to be in Perry Hall," Kennedy said.

Scott Autry, owner of the Towson franchise, said he wishes Kropp and Kennedy success.

On top of an initial franchise fee of $35,000 per store, prepping a building and purchasing supplies amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars, Autry said. Launching three stores could easily exceed a million-dollar budget.

"Everybody will do well in the beginning—because it's Gino's," he said. "The question is: Will you continue doing well three years from now?"

The women were aware that a Gino's had previously been based along Belair Road, where the Perry Hall is currently located. "Everybody is so excited about Gino's coming back," Kennedy said.

Sophia M August 18, 2011 at 04:04 PM
We already have a Gino's baseball cap. Now, we are waiting for the special sauce to go with it!! Yahoo!!
Tim August 18, 2011 at 04:47 PM
This is some excellent news. Even better if KIMCO gets their heads out of their asses and offers up a good space for them to move into @ Perry Hall Square
Linda A. Copeland August 18, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Bring it on Gino's, remember some of us are watching for healthy food choices these days. Just dropping an idea for your success. Linda A.Copeland of Harford County
Crazy Harry August 18, 2011 at 08:39 PM
Perry Hall will close shortly after it opens. White Marsh has possibilities, but the business will be split with 5 Guys and Z Burger. Dundalk has the best potential. I am a franchising real estate consultant and they are making a huge mistake looking at Perry Hall!
Crazy Harry August 18, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Linda, you should check out www.tahinas.com. It is a new mediterranean cuisine concept based in Owings Mills, featuring chicken, beef and falafel. It has a big upside and they are looking for franchisees. Actually, Kennedy and Kroop should go that direction, instead. The burger wars are fighting over fewer and fewer guests. Also, build out of the Tahina's brand is less than half the cost.
Carole Miller August 18, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Gee I dont think Moochele Obama will approve of Ginos ........so bring it on!!!!
BaltimoreDee August 18, 2011 at 11:40 PM
The last thing Perry Hall needs is another fast food place especially in Perry Hall Square Shopping Center with its dangerous entrances and exits.
Other Tim August 18, 2011 at 11:50 PM
The burger concept relies on the 18 to 35 year old market. Most of them never heard of Gino's or Gino Marchetti. My son is 21, and he and most of his friends thought Gino's was a cheese steak place. Good luck to them! Tim
brian freund August 19, 2011 at 01:30 AM
You people have to many negative comments they will do just fine in all the locations if its to be.
brian freund August 19, 2011 at 01:32 AM
It will not be in perryhall square either baltimore dee
Tim August 19, 2011 at 04:32 AM
It depends on where it goes. I thought the White Marsh one was the worst idea - for the exact reasons you mentioned. There is no real burger competition in Perry Hall. not seeing where you're coming from. There's next to no chance I'd visit a Gino's in WM when I can go to Z-Burger. However, name another good burger joint that's actually on the west side of Perry Hall/Nottingham? I can't. Dundalk I have no idea.
Tim August 19, 2011 at 04:34 AM
yeah that was only my suggestion. That parking lot is no more dangerous then any other. Put the phone down and pray everyone else is - because generally, they aren't.
laura clark August 19, 2011 at 12:29 PM
Bring one to bel air area or abingdon!
Crazy Harry August 20, 2011 at 01:05 AM
Perry Hall is not strong because there isn't any entertainment or impulse driven retail. The site would have to be a destinaton point. They'll get a strong weekend lunch and some dinner, but that's it. White Marsh has the daytime office component, the movies, target, the avenue, etc. So, White Marsh is better, even with more competition. I bet they're taking the poorly placed center at the end of Honeygo at Belair & Schroeder. This is a horrible location and, unfortunately, they will fail there. Cheap rent is cheap for a reason. They made the mistake of going for low rent in a center near their houses. Disaster awaits. They'll be behind the eight ball before their second site comes, and they'll be bankrupt way before the site is developed across from Target. Because of poor real estate guidance from franchisors, I've seen this play out a thousand times.
Tim August 20, 2011 at 03:00 AM
I see the logic behind your thought process, that said there's no real competition in Perry Hall. You talk of PH not having destination points, yet you also say it'll do fine on weekends. Last I checked, most people do "entertainment" on weekends, and those who don't, tend to not hit burger joints unless they are physically inside (or attatched to) the shopping area they are in. I won't debate the location they are building in, as I have no idea. I just think you're selling Perry Hall short in the sense of the competition environment. While it's not an entertainment/shopping destination, there's no lack of money, overall, in this area. If you give me a choice to get a 5 guys/Z-burger quality burger 3 minutes from home versus 10, guess where i'll go?
Crazy Harry August 20, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Tim, task centers like hair salons and dentists are poor neighbors for food chains. They need to be in mixed use areas. Once you get in your car, you'll drive to Lowe's or Best Buy to pick something up and then eat lunch while you're out. They will be depending on people to leave the television to go get a burger. It will happen, but not at a rate that will make them successful. Sorry, it's a numbers game, Their only hope now is to have co-tenants who drive lots of traffic.
Wheel August 20, 2011 at 07:12 PM
Perry Hall will support it just fine. Unless I'm missing something, the McD's, Chick Filet, Outback, and Starbucks do very well. I also think the Charcoal Grill is solid in that same shopping center. Time will tell, I suppose.
Keegang329 October 23, 2011 at 09:29 PM
The perry hall location will most likely be where the Wendy's is at the Honeygo village center I have friends there saying that they were bought out sO a GinO's could be established
Keegang329 October 23, 2011 at 09:32 PM
Btw the referee to friends work at that Wendy's
Tim October 23, 2011 at 11:51 PM
Interesting, last I heard from Councilman Marks was that Gino's was NOT coming. That they were trying to get into White Marsh (as if there'd be enough demand there, given the flood of competition). Red Robin, Five Guys, Z-Burger, just to name a few.
Emily Kimball (Editor) December 16, 2011 at 03:39 PM
UPDATE: Perry Hall Gino's to Replace Honeygo Wendy's (http://patch.com/A-p3P7): "The planned Perry Hall Gino's Burgers and Chicken will replace the former Wendy's on Honeygo Center Drive, according to co-franchisee Sophie Kennedy."

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