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Economy, Kimco Caused Charcoal Grill Closure, Owner Says

The take-out restaurant, formerly at Perry Hall Square Shopping Center, closed on Aug. 27.

Famous for its smokey sandwiches, 's Perry Hall location shuttered its doors last week. The owner, who still runs a in Parkville, said the economy and 's management company are to blame for the closure.

Business had dropped at the take-out restaurant, opened in 2004, according to owner Michael McFadden. "For the most part, it's just the economic times," he said.

But McFadden also expressed disappointment with the center's management company, , and the condition and maintenance of the center, which was built in 1964.

McFadden believed his rent was reasonable for the market, but said several other tenants were being overcharged.

"The rent was fair for me, but I negotiated the deal eight years ago," he said. "I was disappointed in how sparse they allowed the shopping center to become, and not giving us more of a discount for the vacancies."

Patch has reached out repeatedly to Kimco, but representatives were not available to comment on McFadden's claims.

Last summer, of the shopping center's storefronts were —16 out of 40 total spaces. 

salon, an 11-year tenant, in July 2011 because Kimco had raised the rent during the height of vacancies, said manager Kathy Lesko. The salon reopened at the newly-built shopping center, near the corner of Belair Road and Honeygo Boulevard.

Over the past year, however, the center has gained new tenants.

A and have both opened, and an is planned. , an anchor tenant grocery store, also replaced the former , which closed in July 2011.

Managers and owners at existing businesses, including and , said they hoped the new grocery store represented a turning point in more activity and at the center.

created a county-sponsored  over the area in May 2011, that allows businesses to qualify for interest-free loans, architectural and design assistance and other county benefits. Marks has also included the center is several initiatives.

Marks, during the last month, praised Kimco for their efforts toward bringing in new tenants.

But McFadden said Kimco didn't do enough to improve the area or make use of county benefits.

"It was a day late and a dollar short," he said. "When you're a billion-dollar company like Kimco, you just don't care."

Neil B September 04, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Well that bites. I loved their fries.
Deb Tolley September 04, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Or maybe part of the problem was they didn't maintain their posted hours. Can't tell you how many times I stopped by later in the evening to grab dinner and they were closed, although they were supposed to still be open and the staff was still inside goofing off. Emailed the company several times and never even received a response. Finally gave up and went elsewhere, didn't even bother stopping by.
Mike Pierce September 04, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Maybe if the management would take steps to keep the place looking better by preventing their tenants from putting trashy-looking signs around the property. I finally got tired of looking at that ugly, portable sign by the Outback entrance for some tanning-saloon and filed a complaint. It's finally gone.
Neil B September 04, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Is there another good bbq place around?
FIFA September 04, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Blame the Signs!! Grow up Mike. It is simple economics, not the friggin' signs.
Other Tim September 04, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Their other location is at Putty Hill Avenue and Old Harford Road. It has always been a better operation better anyway.
DS September 05, 2012 at 06:16 PM
The Parkville location is super - check it out
Neil B September 05, 2012 at 06:20 PM
That is to far to go for a sammich. I used to live over there and I would go there sometimes. Just like when I lived in Edgewood I went to that one when it existed. Now I live in Perry Hall and I need a Pit Beef joint!
Jason w September 06, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Go to charcoal deli off of cranbrook Rd in cockeysville. The food is bangin' !!!
PerryHallParent September 06, 2012 at 09:47 AM
Now that the Giant is open, I visit the shopping center more often. The poor design of the parking lot makes it scary coming in on the Chick Fil A side (with so many ingress and egress points, there are going to be accidents) and the same coming in from the Outback side. Plus you have the gigantic, muffler scraping speed bump/mountains next to Outback that really need to be shaved down a bit. I only visit Giant due to the inconvenience of driving through it all. I don't even know what's in the shopping center except for a hardware store and Rite Aid.
Voter September 13, 2012 at 01:58 PM
This Charcoal Grill location was poorly run and the <gr/Owner just didn't care about the customers. My experiences with them were miserable and I finally just stopped giving them my money. Don't blame the shopping center, the true cause was YOU !
Needaname October 08, 2012 at 11:07 AM
I just do not like the looks of the shopping center. I think it is shabby looking.
Needaname October 08, 2012 at 11:08 AM
What about Fast Eddie's - on Belair Road - BEFORE Mountain Road.

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