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Big Lots Coming to Reisterstown Shopping Center, ROG Takes Redistricting Position

The Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Coordinating Council addressed shopping center, Rule 1300 and redistricting at its meeting Monday night.

The space that formerly housed Ames in the will be home to a Big Lots, a shopping center operator said.

The remainder of the north strip at the Reisterstown Shopping Center will be demolished this summer, with the exception of a 50,000 square-foot space, said Bob Pollokoff, president of shopping center operator Fedder Management Corp.

Approximately two-thirds of the remaining building will be occupied by Big Lots, he told the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Coordinating Council at its meeting Monday night.

“Clearing out this entire north end is [to] attract a number of different retailers the community might like, but we might not have been able to otherwise accommodate,” Pollokoff said.

His company is still working to in the strip, he said. His company and the owners are also in the process of searching for new tenants, and are in early talks with a sit-down restaurant, he said.

“What we’ve done here is harmonious with what we think the community wants the shopping center to become,” Pollokoff said.

Pollokoff said retailers are hesitant to open new stores, and many are waiting to see what happens at the Owings Mills Solo Cup plant, which will close by mid-2012, reports say.

In addition to movement at the shopping center, the dreaded came up at Monday's meeting. ROG President Mary Molinaro wrote a letter on behalf of the group to national, state and local officials about the school board policy, which community groups said makes it nearly impossible to hold events on school grounds.

Molinaro got the same answer from several officials.

“Basically, all of them said the board of education is an autonomous group and they can do whatever they please,” she said.

Continuing to voice its collective opinion on local issues, the group voted to endorse redrawing Baltimore County Council lines, and putting as much of Reisterstown as possible into one council district. It is currently divided among districts 2, 3 and 4.

brittany September 11, 2011 at 12:04 PM
A 'crappy' store to go along with your 'crappy' attitude. Who Are you to judge big lots & there decisions. They have no say over the condition of their stores, thats the LANDLORD'S responsibility. Considering they are hanging right in there with Walmart & Target right now, they can't be too bad.
Trixie Leigh September 11, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Big Lots was very successful when it was over in the other shopping center. However they only had a short term lease and that is why they left. They did NOT leave because they did poorly.
Mary Ann Spiro September 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM
I was also excited to read elsewhere is Patch that a Planet Fitness will go in next to Big Lots. As nice as the Brick Bodies is, that gym is out the the price range for lots of people. So I think the lower cost option of a Planet Fitness is a good choice. Another thing I noticed is the renovation of the liquor store in Reisterstown Shopping Center. Have you been in there? It's very nice, open, with a HUGE wine selection up front. I've noticed the owner is hosting wine tastings and similar events also. It no longer looks like a "beer store for old men" and I enjoy stopping in. I am disappointed in some of the negative comments here and I encourage anyone who is dissatisfied with Reisterstown to please take their lousy attitudes and move elsewhere. I have lived here 8 years and have watched some ebb and flow in that short time but overall Reisterstown has much to offer, much more than some similarly sized towns in Baltimore county. Think: library, Main Street antique row, two annual festivals, good schools, diverse population, ALDI (love it!), Big Lots, skate park, dog park, ice rink, mini golf, ball fields, Icedgems, TWO book stores, a very cool coffee shop (Java Mammas); a band shell in the park!, some of the best restaurants around (Sonny Lees and Harryman House!!!) ;art studios and galleries, and tons more. If you don't like all these amenities, please leave. I see an upward trajectory!
ddbs00 September 12, 2011 at 01:20 AM
Brick Bodies won't mind people moving over to Planet Fitness. The Bricks are the ones opening it!
Buck Harmon September 12, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Well said Mary Ann !

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