Maryland Live! Casino opens at Arundel Mills
Hanover, Md. — Simon Property Group said that Maryland Live! Casino has opened at its Arundel Mills outlet, value retail, dining and entertainment destination in Hanover, Md.
The new $500 million gaming and entertainment destination was developed by Baltimore-based real estate developers and casino operators, The Cordish Cos.
Maryland Live! Casino opened with approximately 3,200 Las Vegas-style slot machines and electronic table games. It also features a lineup of such restaurant brands as Bobby Flay’s Bobby’s Burger Palace, The Cheesecake Factory, which is scheduled to open June 20, Phillips Seafood, plus the Live! Market Buffet and Noodles.
Between July and October, Maryland Live! will also open Rams Head Center Stage and steakhouse The Prime Rib.
Pottery Barn opening in Garden City Center
Cranston, R.I. — Boston-based The Wilder Cos. said that Pottery Barn is opening a new store in Garden City Center, as part of the first phase of a plan to expand, reconfigure and redevelop the historic shopping center.
Pottery Barn will be the larger of two stores located in a new 20,000-sq.-ft. building, and is expected to open at Garden City Center in February 2013.
The addition of Pottery Barn, next to Papa Razzi, begins an extension of the Village that will eventually turn former large-format retail space into a mix of mid-size and smaller specialty stores. Later phases include the addition of several new restaurant spaces and improved traffic and pedestrian links to the Whole Foods Market section of the center. Work is also currently underway to transform the Garden City Center gazebo from the end-cap of the Village into the new focal point for the center.
As well, Williams-Sonoma will open a new store, before Thanksgiving 2012. The newly expanded store will open diagonally across from its current store. The new 5,400-sq.-ft. store is approximately 40% larger than Williams Sonoma’s current space and will feature the company’s newest exterior design. The new long-term lease continues a 20-year presence at Garden City Center for Williams-Sonoma.
In late June 2012, Ann Taylor will be opening its second Rhode Island store at Garden City Center. The 4,700-sq.-ft. store will be located in the Village, joining its sister store Loft.
Also new to Garden City Center and Rhode Island is European Wax, which will be located in a 1,787-sq.-ft. store near Whole Foods Market and is anticipated to open in August. Additionally Dansko Clogs by Alexander’s, Soma Intimates and Edible Arrangements recently opened stores in the Village.
Dollar General eyes Northeast expansion
PHILADELPHIA — Plans for a new distribution center near Philadelphia will allow Dollar General to more effectively replenish its rapidly expanding store base.
Dollar General said it planned to build a new 900,000-sq.-ft. distribution center on 109 acres in Bethel Township located near the intersection of I-78 and State Route 501 just west of Philadelphia. The company said it still needs to purchase the land and receive the necessary governmental permits and development approvals, but those requirements appear to be mere technicalities as construction is expected to begin this fall. Hiring would begin in the fall of 2013, according to the company.
The total cost for the facility, including equipment and fixtures, is expected to reach approximately $100 million. At full capacity, the facility will likely employ more than 500 people to serve more than 1,000 stores in the northeast. Additionally, Dollar General’s third-party transportation provider expects to employ 75 drivers.
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Once open, the new facility will bring much needed distribution capacity to a company intent on growing its store base in the Northeast. Dollar General already operates 440 stores in Pennsylvania, but its closest DCs are located in Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.
Announcement of the new DC, the company’s 12th such facility, follows the first quarter opening of new distribution centers in Alabama and a California. The increase in distribution capacity comes as Dollar General earlier this year opened its 10,000 store and has confirmed its view that the U.S. can support as many as 20,000 of its small format general stores that offer low prices on a broad assortment of food, consumables and general merchandise.
“This distribution center is an investment in the growth of our company, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Bethel Township,” said Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO of Dollar General. “Dollar General opened its first store in the Keystone state in 1974, and we are proud to have contributed to its economic growth by creating jobs for nearly four decades.”