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Yogurt, Auto Parts Coming to Perry Hall Square

The shopping center will house two new businesses by late spring or early summer, County Councilman David Marks announced.

Two new businesses are planned for the , announced Thursday morning.

, 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.

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The auto parts store will span four spaces, 8,500 square feet, near , while the yogurt shop will use one space, 1,000 square feet, near the 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.

What other new businesses would you like to see at Perry Hall Square? Tell us in the comments.

Marks has led a campaign to revitalize the since last year. A , offering governmental assistance to businesses at the center, was proposed by Marks and by the County Council in May 2011.

Forty percent of the shopping center's storefronts have been since Superfresh . Out of 40 possible spaces, of varying square-foot configurations, the center currently holds only 24 active businesses, including anchor tenants , , and the , according to .

Plans for the vacant Superfresh retail space, which is about 65,000 square feet, have .

Gregory Reed, assistant director of Kimco Realty, in December that he expects another grocery store to fill the space. 

During a in October, Reed said the location would probably not be filled with a , , or .

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.

Al Carlson January 05, 2012 at 08:07 PM
This is where people begin to complain about yogurt. Ready, set, go....
Tami Harman January 05, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I think we need a Petsmart or Petco in Perry Hall, there are NO pet stores along Belair Road until you get to the town of Belair.
Emily Kimball (Editor) January 05, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Tami, there's Tom's Tropicals - http://patch.com/L-lWWw
LalainMaryland January 05, 2012 at 08:30 PM
This is wonderful news! It will be so nice to see that shopping center revitalized. Nice job!
Honeygo Hal January 05, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Does anyone know if Salvo's is leaving Overlea, or is this an additional store?
Christie Pulvino January 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
A yogurt place will be a welcome addition! I could see our family walking up on warm summer nights! I wouldn't mind a good bakery, a cool toy store, like Amuse downtown, and/or a 10,000 villages.
Evets January 05, 2012 at 09:27 PM
My wife and I would love to see a Bagel shop move in there somewhere, like the Bagel Bistro. A nice place for a breakfast or lunch, not too expensive, etc. We enjoyed the bagel shop in the center at Belair and SIlver Spring (Classic Bagel?). Too bad it tried to go for the upscale market and met its demise.
Nicole January 05, 2012 at 09:32 PM
This shopping center had a TCBY years ago, hopefully this yogurt place will do better business.
Barb January 05, 2012 at 09:55 PM
There is a pet store in the Honeygo Village Center--Pet Valu. Its across from the UPS store. Check it out. Not Belair Road but it probably has what you need.
Tim January 05, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Seconded. I hit up bagel bistro at least twice a week. Fortunately, it's directly on my way to work. The yogurt shop sounds great (not a fan of snowballs), and the auto-parts shop I'm optimistic will do well now. It's not oversaturated in this area. Great job David!
Linda Roemer January 06, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Welcome yogurt shop & Salvo's. A bakery or bagel shop would be nice, I miss the one on Blair & Chapel. Keep up the good work David!
Renee January 06, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I would love to see a Whole Foods go in where Super Fresh used to be!! How about it?!!!
Renee January 06, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Ah Linda, you're talking about St. Francis Bakery. A friend of mine and I were supposed to buy it, but the day of the meeting to give the deposit, I couldn't make it and neither could she so her boyfriend (who was going to be one of the owners as well) took our money and "went" to the meeting only to come back and say we lost the deal. When I asked for my share of the deposit, he didn't have it. Apparently he blew off the meeting, took the money and paid his ex back support/alimony he owed her. I so wanted to own that bakery!! =/
JCG January 06, 2012 at 01:51 AM
This is all well and good BUT, what usually happens at these Salvo stores is that some people buy their parts and then go out onto the parking lot and work on their 'CLUNKERS' leaving an oily mess. Kimco will need to be firm with Salvo and tell them that if people work on their cars on the parking lot, their lease will be suspended !!!!!
Linda Roemer January 06, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Renee, a whole foods sounds great to fill the Safeway site, but Kimco said they have someone interested in that site, but would not disclose their names until the deal is sealed. Let's hope. Sorry about the bakery deal.
Honeygo Hal January 06, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Salvo's has signs posted that say no parts installation allowed, but it is almost impossible to enforce. If someone goes there because the 'oil' light is on and buys the oil the likelihood is they will pour it in right there. Same with wiper blades, and you can go on from there. It is the one downside I see to having Salvo's in the shopping center. Same thing applies to any parts store, and there are several in the area.
julkd1 January 06, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I would love a Whole Foods, Mom's Organic Market, a coop marketing or maybe even a Trader Joes. I do not understand why there are no of the above in the area. There is Natures Fresh (I may be wrong on the name) and the owners are great. But, it's small and very pricey.
Tim January 06, 2012 at 01:59 PM
It's more about enforcing common sense. Hal is spot on. You cannot expect to prevent people from putting oil in their car. Honestly, oil damage to the lot is probably the worst offender. These automotive stores also allow their employees to do basic installs for you (I can't speak for Salvo specifically, but I spent years in college working for both Trak Auto and Pep Boys) behind their parts counter. We were authorized to install wipers, batteries, and even things like air filters IF it was slow business. I honestly think it's a good market choice for Salvo as more people are keeping their cars longer in today's market. At the store level, it's mostly about managing what people do outside.
DougW January 06, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Before Italian Sensations came, I would have said Cici's Pizza would be a good fit. I don't think our community can support the real upscale eating places. I would also like to see Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. Also, a Red Tomato (salad bar chain) would be most welcome. I have put wiper blades on and replaced light bulbs in parking lots and I have never left an oily mess on the ground. There is a difference between replacing things like that and perhaps replacing an oil pan or water pump.
Tim January 06, 2012 at 04:08 PM
yeah, probably the biggest thing I recall our managers having to crack down on was people actually changing their oil in the parking lot. People would use the excuse "Well I wanted to recycle my oil " ; and we're like "and you can't bring your old oil in from home because..."
RGR January 07, 2012 at 01:05 AM
The last yogurt place, which didn't last all that long, chased the nice snowball stand out of its parking lot space there. There's already a yogurt place in front of the White Marsh Target and it remains to be seen that there's a big enough market for it. Most people want ice cream, even if they'd like a low fat option.
Other Tim January 07, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Once a customer buys something from Salvo, it is the property of the customer. Why is Salvo responsible for making sure no work is done on the property? What if the customer pulls onto Ebenezer Road to do the work? What if the customer goes across the street to the school to do the work? It should be considered littering and enforced by the police.
Tim January 07, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Other Tim: It has nothing to do with auto part ownership, it has to do with being on what's technically private property. Ultimately, the enforcement goes to Kimco (or whoever the property owner is), but guess who they'll "instruct" to do it for them (as a lease condition)? If they went across the street to Perry Hall Middle, for one they'd be trespassing. It's about land property ownership, simple as that.
Allison February 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM
The location where the new yogurt shop is opening used to be a comic book store called 'Super Villians'. The owner unfortunately passed away in the store two years ago. With that said, I was hoping that the location would remain available until his son was old enough to reopen the store, or at least it would be replaced with another store similiar to 'Super Villians'. It's where I met my husband, where my friends hung out when we were in high school, and the owner, Micheal, was a great man that gave me a place to go that helped keep me out of trouble when I was trying to get my life back on track. I'm honestly disappointed that a yogurt shop was chosen to replace his store; to me, it's an insult to his memory. I wish the store success nonetheless, but I would have liked to see either another comic shop or at least a place where kids can hang out and not have to spend money to be there, like the bowling alley next door.
elmilio radvanski July 21, 2012 at 08:35 AM
Yogurt store Next to bowling alley needed some customers week of July 18th 2012 Nice Little Upscale store please patronize these Small Bisiness Owners

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