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White Marsh Mall Preps for Major Renovations, New Stores

Interior and exterior updates have already begun at the 30-year-old shopping center.

White Marsh Mall's iconic steel arches are coming down and new signs and lighting are going up—but that isn't the only update planned for the .

Fresh coats of paint, new energy-efficient lighting, skylight treatments and new furniture in the food court, in addition to several new businesses, are also part of the mall's so-called "refresh," mall management recently announced.  

Planned and recently opened restaurants include , , , , andBuca di Beppo. Cajun Café & Grill and G’lato d’Italia are also expected to be remodeled. 

New retailers, including , Mattress Warehouse, Deb Shops and the have also been announced.

Recent investments in shopping centers across Baltimore County are a mixed bag. While legal disputes have pushed to the auction block, an $85 million entertainment and shopping complex is planned for the Towson area, known as .

So, what's driving the transformation at White Marsh Mall?

According to mall general manager Lisa Bisenius, "The growth is a result of the BRAC [Aberdeen Proving Ground's Base Realignment and Closure program] in Harford County, which is our trade area. Additionally, this is part of a multi-pronged strategic plan aimed at improving center shopability including reevaluating merchandising strategy and reducing customer irritants."

All of the mall's major construction work will be performed during off-hours, according to management.

Bisenius emphasized that changes to the mall are being made with the customer in mind.

"White Marsh Mall has been an integral part of the neighborhood for more than 30 years. Our goal is to enhance the shopping experience for all our customers by providing fresh and exciting merchants, restaurants and amenities," she said in a statement. "We look forward to many positive changes to our center in order to meet the increasing demands of our shoppers. But we never forget our roots and the reason that we have been around for 30 years—and that is our loyal customer."

How do you think White Marsh Mall's update will impact the surrounding community? Tell us in the comments.

Julie May 24, 2012 at 09:50 PM
What they really need to do is regulate the amount of people who have no business being at the mall. If you are not there to shop or eat go home!!!! Being at the mall on a weekend is like running a teen/adult daycare
Joe May 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Just like every other mall in the history of malls...A teenage hangout!
Tim May 24, 2012 at 11:07 PM
...or maybe some older fuddy duddies need to be less worked up about the existence of 'Young folks' needing a place to hang out with their friends.
Joe May 24, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Exactly Tim...I couldn't agree more!
ED May 25, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Don't really care what age group you see at the mall but i agree the mall should be for shopping or eating it not a day care center for parents to dump there children the last time i was there the top floor was so hard to get threw for all the young people hanging out that why so many shops are failing
Tim May 25, 2012 at 04:47 AM
ummm, shops aren't failing. Every time I go to White Marsh (which is at least once every other weekend) it's packed. Additionally, over the past year the mall has honestly UPGRADED in the quality of stores and especially semi-fast food/restaurants - not downgraded, which is usual for a mall this age. If the people running White Marsh Mall play their cards right, they can really be the exception, not the rule as far as older malls suffering slow and painful deaths.
John May 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I've lived in the area all of my life and when I was a teen the place was always packed and every store front was occupied. I haven't been there in a while, but the last time I was there a ton of store fronts were unoccupied. I'm guessing that the economy along with the crime is driving businesses to better locations. Shop lifting is rampant at the mall and we shouldn't be surprised about this given that the bus routes go through some of the most financially challenged places in Baltimore City. Take WalMart in Hunt Valley for example, crime went down by 80% when the loot rail was closed for construction. They moved to a safer location on York Road. It's about time we do something about the problem... Otherwise this huge investment will be a big waste of money!
April S. May 25, 2012 at 12:26 PM
awesome! I love going to this mall can't wait to see how it looks!
Tonya May 25, 2012 at 01:05 PM
None of the new businesses interest me. I might visit the mall a handfull of times per year if that and it won't change. Things are too expensive and I do better shopping local or discount. Seems like a waste of money to revamp the mall in such a poor economy. It won't change the fact that most people have more expenses then they do income.
Gary Staab May 25, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Hopefully security will be a part of the improvements. I won't go to the mall at all and have limited my visits to the Avenue because of the number of groups of unrulely young people. Loud and foul mouthed. They are such nice places to go and relax and have a nice evening. It's a shame good things have to be ruined by just a few. Can't there be some kind of security to chase off the noise makers? I see the security vehicles scanning the parking lot for parking violators, so are they allowed by law to control the rowdy crowds?
Jenntle68 May 25, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Please upgrade that Macy's! It is the on the lower tier of their stores and with limited clothing selection, a lack luster shoe department (Towson, too!) and no fur salon makes me go elsewhere. If its for BRAC they need to step it up since they came from the Mall Capitol.
Jeanne May 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM
There are groups of young people and some of them I prefer not to be around but there are just as many adults (30-50) that cause problems. We couldn't find parking once so I waited in the car by the entrance and most of the cussing was from a group of women in theie 30-40's, the F word was every other word. People need to stop blaming younger people because they are not all to blame. I have asked people in the security vehicles several times if they can do something about illegally parked cars and they said they don't have the authority but I could call the police and report the car. One of the big reasons I don't bother going to the mall anymore is difficulty parking, the other is prices-too expensive.
Tim May 25, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Although you are most certainly entitled to your opinion on the 'interest' of new businesses, I'm here to tell you that the mall isn't struggling. At all. The economy in Maryland isn't as bad as the national media would have you believe - it never was. Even on a national scale, the economy is a bit better then two years ago (not opinion). Paralysis in Congress, more then our President, are holding back the economic growth further (this part is obviously opinion). The biggest risk to our national economy going further is honestly out of our hands - it's Europe. Even China's suffered two straight quarters of low growth and they are beginning to get concerned their economic engine is grinding to a halt (per the BBC news). Europe pretty much holds the economic future of the world in their hands. It goes way beyond Greece. Greece would be meaningless alone.
Tim May 25, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Jeanne Re: your comment "People need to stop blaming younger people because they are not all to blame. " Spot on! Blank-holes come at all ages. There's too many of them these days.
Charles F. May 25, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Julie, I go the mall with my son at times just to look around. Who says you need to buy something?
Tim May 25, 2012 at 02:33 PM
When I mentioned above I go about twice a month ( a mild exaggeration), it's mostly because my son LOVES the massage chairs there. About half our trips there involve about 15 minutes in the massage chairs and then pizza or a blizzard afterwards. PS: they better not let Dairy Queen or Mamma Llandros(sp?) leave. It's hard to find pizza my 5 year old loves to eat :)
CarneyGirl May 25, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I'm excited for the changes that are forthcoming to the mall! I love that Bucca di Beppo will be opening too! The food is so good and the atmosphere is so entertaining! I love the size of the mall and the stores too. As far as the comments go for youth hanging out at the mall - I don't care that this is where they hang out. They have rights too. It's a place for them to shop and socialize with their peers. Not every youth is into sports or parks. So long as they are being courteous to everyone they encounter what does it matter? Courtesy and respect begin at home. Not all youths are bad. You will always have some bad apples, but that is what the mall security is for. Every youth I've seen at the mall usually has a shopping bag and/or drink in hand so they are spending money too. Let's not forget that these upgrades will provide jobs to both construction workers and future store/restaurant employees. This is all great news to read about!
Dan Noobs May 25, 2012 at 04:55 PM
White marsh?? More like Black marsh
Tim May 25, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Completely false, and completely uncalled for.
Karen B May 25, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I hate to say it, but i agree with a few others. It's a huge waste of money. I rather see them remove the mall and have stores like in Harford County. Ones that you would access as soon as you parked, kind of like the avenue, but with a lot more stores. How about a kohl's, or Trader Joe's. I hate going to the mall on a weekend, fighting for a place to park, just to run in to say the shoe department for a pair of shoes. I post a lot on here and I am the first one to stand up for our teens, because I have a son who is 17,but these kids have no where to go and they are packed in the mall like sardines. They need stores for them. Bring back an arcade, give them something and for boscov's no disrespect, but who cares. There stuff was soooooo expensive. That place was a joke. I also agree that I have seen many adults acting like teenagers at the mall and the Avenue and you wonder where the teens get their behavior from. Lead by example, whatever happened to that. I've been begging them to build a center next to the library, for everyone. It could have a pool, outdoor track, a nice place for all to go, but nooooo let's build somemore houses and overcrowd Perry Hall some more. Perry Hall High is busting at the seems, hell a few more kids won't hurt. I know this response ended up all over the place, but I can't help it. I'm sick of the lack of community support. Thanks to all the greedy builders and politicians. It makes me sick.
Cheryl Parks-Weidley May 25, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Karen, I agree with you; there should be a community center for kids with a focus on the teens who are in middle/ high school. Special hours for certain groupings. They need some attention and good role models outside the school settings.
Immanuel Baptist Church May 25, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I believe there was a Patch article on here recently that Perry Hall Baptist Church is opening a Youth Center. Also, check around area churches. Many have active youth groups and would love to have other teens join them.
Tim May 25, 2012 at 07:56 PM
This is very good, but we actually need secular youth centers as well.
Other Tim May 25, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I've said this before: no more senior centers, more teen centers. Kids need a place to hang. At least turn the senior centers over to the teens at night and on week-ends (the centers always look empty at these times). If necessary, find volunteer to staff the centers, although this should not be necessary. People seem to believe we need to spend unlimited dollars on preventive health care. We really need to spend some money on preventing bad teen behavior. It will pay off in the long run.
Dan Noobs May 25, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I truly blame the MTA for the issues in White Marsh. Once my neighbors start getting bused in then things go down hill.
Mary Smith May 25, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I agree with the updates! As for the person who thought BosCov's was sooooo expensive, she must have been shopping in a different store than White Marsh. Good changes mean continued growth!
Rose May 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Reading these posts took me on an emotional rollercoaster. As the parent of a high school teacher, I could tell you stories that would make your heads spin. My son never wanted to be a policeman, but it's a huge part of his job nowadays. Respect is taught at home! To give credit where credit is deserved, let me say that some parents are doing their jobs. Yet, witnessing some parents behavior, you know exactly why the kids are the way they are. Rude, cruel & disrespectful behavior comes in ALL ages, colors & economic situations. And lastly, while I'm still able to keep in mind the REAL problems of the day, I'll just say this, "FUR SALON"????? You've got to be kidding!
wilson May 26, 2012 at 01:00 PM
sorta like blamin the gun that shoot you to ?
Stephanie Pullara Vancura May 27, 2012 at 12:03 AM
I think it's great that they are investing into the area. I will definitly continue to shop here.
dncr94 May 30, 2012 at 07:56 PM
This isnt the kind of area where people can spend over $1000 on a coat made by the fur of abused and factory-farmed raised animals

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