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PHOTOS: Empty Storefronts of Perry Hall Square Shopping Center

Fifteen properties, in addition to the former Superfresh, remain vacant along Ebenezer Road.

Forty percent of storefronts are vacant, according to the center's lease management company, Kimco Realty.

Out of 40 possible spaces, the currently holds 24 active businesses, including anchor tenants , Brunswick , and the .

Former anchor tenant Superfresh .

The high volume of businesses that have either or closed in recent years prompted County Councilman David Marks to designate the surrounding area as a . The approved the district in May.

Marks has planned a public meeting with area business owners, county government officials and shopping center representatives at 5 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the  library. The meeting is expected to focus on the center's status and methods to improve the local business climate.

Jason Danaher September 22, 2011 at 05:51 PM
i want to point out a few things. FIRST of all if the owners want to sell the property they dont have to buy out the leases. The leases transfer with the property. Second. trader joes sucks. They dont buy local and most of there food is prepackage over priced crap and they try to pawn off as high end food. i live in dundalk and love my Aldi. It isnt a grocery store that you buy everything. You buy your staples. Also they buy from local farmers. I have like about 99% of their food. They also buy cereals etc etc from the GM, and other places but they box them different. 20 percent of cost of products is packaging. The problem with that shopping center when honey go didnt go all the way to belair rd everyone drove by that shopping center. Now people avoid it like the plague because of the two schools and speed traps that are there on a regular basis
Tim September 22, 2011 at 05:55 PM
If you live in Dundalk, what relevance is your opinion on a Perry Hall specific issue? It'd be one thing if this was a regional issue. Honestly, the last thing many folks want is more low-end storefronts. There's a reason we live in Perry Hall.
Christie Pulvino September 22, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Well said Tim.
Vince September 22, 2011 at 06:22 PM
I live within a five minute walk of the shopping center and would welcome an ALDI. I shopped at ALDI during my college years and know they sell quality food at amazing prices.
Tim September 22, 2011 at 06:42 PM
I'm skeptcial. Looking at their website now, I see red flags. Although I like the fact they charge you for bags. I'd love to see people trained to bring in their own reusable bags (myself included, my wife is MUCH better at remembering them then I am). I'd be put off by the fact you are supposed to "trust" them to monitor their own food quality in order to maintain low prices...not for me. There's ALWAYS a reason prices are considerably lower. It's either in the quality, the treatment of the product, or the treatment of its employees (see Amazon for a classic example of the last case - http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-allentown-amazon-complaints-20110917,0,7937001,full.story).
Joan Wood September 22, 2011 at 07:46 PM
I don't live in Dundalk. I was just trying to point out that the enonomy has had a major impact on all communities.....not just Perry Hall. Just look beyond your own neighboorhoods there a lots of empty store fronts in Baltimore County. Mostly taxes and regulations are the major causes as well as rents being much too hign. And just because you live in Perry Hall does not mean you are any more "high-end" than anyone else. Stop being such a snob and really take a GOOD look around Baltimore County. I'm sorry Perry Hall Square is having such a problem but your community is not alone.
Jason Danaher September 22, 2011 at 09:22 PM
than you joan. I not even going to respond to ignorant almost racist remarks. I dont see a problem with a large company investing in perry hall.
Tim September 23, 2011 at 12:20 AM
rofl. racist? seriously? Has nothing to do with race, everything to do with having money and good behavior. See, Perry Hall is one of the more "well to do" suburbs of Baltimore, and there's a good reason for that. Has nothing to do with race, last I checked all races had the capacity to legitimately earn a nice living and raise families. There's a logical reason people hate the bus line going to White Marsh Mall. It's not because of racism. Race has nothing to do with personal behavior. Thinking otherwise is purely ignorant. I see a problem with a large company investing in Perry Hall if it's lower end products. I'd rather see nothing then say another Walmart, for example.
Jason Danaher September 23, 2011 at 12:29 AM
thanks time for proving my point. bus routes and more well do suburbs. like i said racist. OH i do want to point out one of my friends was one of perry hall's biggest heroine dealers and he lived and sold only at perry hall high school. You sholdnt throw stones in a glas house
Tim September 23, 2011 at 12:33 AM
I lived off of Branch Avenue, in Temple Hills for 6 months (alone) when I was younger. I'm pretty confident I'm not throwing stones from a glass house. All you're demonstrating is your inability to link low income areas (and resulting crime) to being undesirable here in Perry Hall. Again, race is irrelevant. Economic income and personal behavior are the factors involved here.
Tim September 23, 2011 at 12:33 AM
personal behavior in public - specifically.
Jason Danaher September 23, 2011 at 10:06 AM
Tim so dundalk is a low income area. Median income as of 2000 is 48,000 and perry hall is 57,000. I guess we are all poor down in dundalk. As for aldi stores they are owned by trader joes go figure. So all your arguements dont work. I grew up in parkville, hung out in perryhall, work in perryhall and now live in dundalk. I know the areas they are all the same. the crime is the same but the parents in dundalk are more blue collar. I glad aldi go in low income area;s. They are better then the corner liquir store that sells milk so they can take wick cars or food stamps. They provide good paying jobs, actually teach a skill and provide great benefits. I dont see ruby tuesday, chilis;s and all those other places providing those benefits. Tim next your going to argue that no one in perryhall uses food stamps. In my 10 years of working in perry hall. I seen the card used by residents on a regular basis. old, young, different races. Crime is all the same in dundalk and perry hall just the perry hall kids parents cover it up better.
Rose September 23, 2011 at 11:39 AM
I thought this was a serious issue, but some of the comments seem ridiculous and off point. Everyone wants the same thing in their community, decent jobs, reasonable places to shop, good schools and less crime with neighbors who take care of their property. I personally would like to see a Trader Joe's in Perry Hall, so I no longer have to drive to Towson to shop there. We already have a Safeway and Weiss. A Whole Foods would be wonderful too.
Tim September 23, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Jason, again, you are taking generalizations and extrapolating them to make your points. It just doesn't fly. As always, we're both entitled to our respective opinions. It's just mine is backed by years of facts.
Tim September 23, 2011 at 04:20 PM
In some ways, I think Wegman's being in Abingdon really hurt this prospect, unfortunately. As noted on that particular thread, there are no shortage of people who will go up I-95 15 minutes to get their high quality foods. Now granted, a Whole Foods would take Wegman's to an even higher level as far as organic options and the like. However, will the demand - if Whole Foods dropped a huge store in PH/WM tomorrow - be consistently sustainable? Pre-Wegman's, I'd have ventured a guess as yes. On a related note, if anyone's ever in the Charlottesville VA area, check out the whole foods out there. They have a monsterous sized one out there that's supposed to be the largest one on the East Coast. You walk in there and your jaw just drops. We have a friend out there we visit a couple times a year.
Carole Miller September 24, 2011 at 01:28 AM
Please no Aldi"s for Perry Hall lets try to build it classy again ,to buy in that store you must speak Spanish the food is creepy in there . Why cant we have a Kohls , or a large store for everyone .
Carole Miller September 24, 2011 at 01:34 AM
Remembering :Franks, Woolworth s , Pantry Pride ,Miltons ( a women 's store ,) cant remember the name) Sub Shop (,A fabric store ,cant remember the name ) a stationary store (cant remember the name) ,didn't like the furniture store went out of business in the 80's.Ames ,after that Metro .
Eric Martin September 24, 2011 at 04:06 PM
With all the grocery stores in and around Perry Hall (2 Weiss Markets, Safeway, Giant over by the Mall, Mars, BJ's Wholesale and Costco and 3 Walmarts nearby) do we really need another grocery store? Perhaps the old shopping center should be transformed into a specialty store venue, sort of like at the Avenue with some nice family-friendly eateries also? Perhaps even some type of entertainment place also to draw people there on the weekends. Just tossing out some possible ideas. Any thoughts on anything along those lines?
John Doe September 26, 2011 at 01:26 PM
I agree with Eric - put some eateries or something with entertainment for us old folk.
Carole Miller September 26, 2011 at 05:41 PM
Please no more eating from the looks of things around here I think we can skip the food for awhile .
John Doe September 26, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Speak for yourself, Carole Miller. The point is about business and not empty stores. This area could use some updated fun things within walking distance...the point is to support local.
Tim September 26, 2011 at 06:48 PM
you can go out and eat plenty and still manage your diet. The fact that a lot of people fail at it, is due to either no self control, or being completely oblivious to the concept of calories in versus calories out (and fat intake management, to a lesser extent).
John K September 27, 2011 at 01:42 PM
The reason Shear Genius moved out was partly because the owners of the shopping center were trying to make room for an Aldi and they needed that last shop for enough space. But now Aldi is NOT coming so they are going to try to find something else. I have also heard Giant is taking the Super Fresh spot. Kohl's wants the property at the SE corner of Honeygo and Belair, but it's not big enough. Supposedly they want to either buy that private property on the corner or Little Lancaster in order to give them enough space. If either of those happen, Kohl's might end up here. Just what I have heard from some local businesspeople. Whole Foods would work wonderfully here, regardless of the Wegman's, in my opinion. I think there's enough distance. I don't mind the 15 minute drive from my place, but I think someone in Seven Courts or Carney's not making the Abingdon trek.
Tim September 27, 2011 at 03:12 PM
We could use a good bagel shop. Would only take one store front. I'd probably hit it twice a week on average.
Tim September 27, 2011 at 03:13 PM
I live off of Seven Courts, and I'm gladly making the trek. Sign me up for a Whole Foods though. I'll also gladly NOT make it, given a better choice. Also, my wife would love a Kohl's.
John Doe September 27, 2011 at 03:28 PM
I agree with a Whole Foods or equivalent. We shouldn't complain that it is too "expensive". You are what you eat. I will gladly pay more, eat less, and stay healthy. If you want to pay less for healthcare - be your own healthcare.
Tessa September 28, 2011 at 06:14 PM
I really would be disappointed to see an Aldi. I vote Whole Foods or Trader Joe's! I can't stand the parking lot at the Towson Trader Joe's and I'd be thrilled to have one so close to home!! I actually have quite a few ideas. Why doesn't our area have a My Gym (for kids) or something along the lines of a Kiddie Crusoe? With the cooler weather coming, both would be a BIG hit. I agree with previous posters that the entire shopping center needs a major overhaul. I never head to that shopping center because frankly, there's nothing there for me. It's not welcoming like the Avenue or Honeygo Shopping Center so I wouldn't ever think to go there just to take the kids for a walk. It's a big chunk of land in the middle of Perry Hall and currently being under-utilized.
BRAD October 29, 2011 at 01:24 PM
How about a Pennsylvania Dutch Market in the old Super Fresh?
Jay GRabowski October 29, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Tim, If you consider Perry Hall high end, you are looking in someone else's backyard. The reason these store fronts are empty is because of the high crime rate that continues to escalate in Perry Hall. Potential business owners are not willing to take the risk of moving into an area where they don't know if a customer is walking into their store to buy, or rob from them. Section 8 housing destroyed Perry Hall, and the surrounding community, and you can blame your local politicians for this. My advice to all of you, MOVE OUT!! I did 14 years ago, and have never looked back. Perry Hall City is your new logo. A nice place to be robbed!
John Doe October 31, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Jay - you sound like a "cup half-empty" kind of guy - since you left 14 years ago, why are you still interested in the area?

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