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Report: Three Tenants Confirmed for Laurel Towne Centre

Regal Cinemas, Harris Teeter and Burlington Coat Factory have all been confirmed as tenants, reports the Gazette.

Regal Cinemas and Harris Teeter will join Burlington Coat Factory at the new Towne Centre at Laurel, which is expected to open in May 2014, reports the Gazette

The $200 million development project, which broke ground in August 2012, will have 400,000 square feet of retail space and is expected to bring 1,000 to 1,500 new jobs to the area, city officials told the Gazette.

Although only three tenants have signed on to the project, residents and city officials have expressed enthusiasm about the development. According to the Gazette, earlier this month the Laurel City Council said the city would issue up to $15.5 in million tax increment financing (TIF) bonds to help fund infrastructure improvements related to the project.  

Read the full story on the Gazette.

What other stores would you like to see open in the Towne Centre at Laurel? Tell Patch in the Comments.

Polly January 25, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I stopped shopping at Laurel Mall when it started to be taken over by the kids/punks/thugs etc., that hung out there at all hours, even when school was in session. A little more action about getting them out of the mall and into the school would be appreciated. I love Harris Teeter and usually shop at the one in Kings Contrivance. It's a little farther but worth it. This would only bring it closer to me, which is fine. Although, lately I must confess I've been shopping at Safeway most of the time due to the new U shop program. I signed up at the beginning and the least I've saved was 37% and the most was 72%, that makes me a big fan. And since that has brought more customers in, the staff has been much more customer friendly and seldom if ever out of stock of the sale items.
John Floyd II January 25, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Quite right, Rick. I also find it interesting that the City of Laurel made some recent changes to the various agreements and tax structures entered into with the developers in case the project should either fail to be completed or not be successful afterward. This was apparently done to avoid having the city left "holding the bag" should the project not pan out. That was the first acknowledgement by anybody connected with the current "mall redevelopment" that this latest scheme is far from a sure thing in a poor economy. As for this big "announcement" of retailers being confirmed, they are the same three names we've been hearing about since the project was first reported. Where and who are all the other tenants required to make "Town Centre at Laurel" (there's that awkward name similar to that of an older, unrelated shopping centre in South Laurel again) a viable and attractive place? A discount clothier and a supermarket are the major "anchors"? That doesn't bode well! Many conditions that killed Laurel Centre / Laurel Mall remain a major issue. Despite a bit of high-end housing nearby, much of the neighbourhood surrounding the old mall is very ghetto-like and that's not likely to change anytime soon. Lastly, despite promises of much new development in the City of Laurel this year, times are still very hard as America's economy struggles to maintain headway. Only time will tell if this new "town centre" is worth the effort, investment, and municipal tax breaks.
tanisha January 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM
I'm not only concerned about the Towne Center but about all the new apts to be built. Laurel is not a walkable community, we have no nightlife and not much in restaurants to offer. We may have the MARC station but people are going to want more than that. So who is going to want to move in pay high rents and not have much in restaurant or entertainment?
Cobey May 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM
I grew up in Laurel.. Cops run it like the Gestapo... Therefore.. No night life! The Montpilier Fest was one of the best fests around in the 70's and 80's.. It coulda been a main stay on the summer fest circuit.. I heard the city didn't want to back it... now wine fests from North Baltimore Co to Columbia are cant miss affairs. Also, way to much congestion on the roads... I can literally drive from security Blvd.. in Ellicott City to Johns Hopkins Homewood... faster then I can drive across laurel. Unless I have to go there, I drive around it. Laurel was the place to go to the movies.. All those kids that grew up in Laurel .. chased away by the aforementioned Gestapo Laurel Cops. Laurel is now nothing more then the burbs to D.C.... P.G County and Montgomery Countys poor. Just hope they don't bring in shoe stores... at one time I can remember 10 of 'em in the old Laurel Mall.
Jay Harris July 03, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Outlet stores such as: Nike outlet, Old Navy, Children's place. Also sports restaurant like buffalo wild wings and unique eateries such as Nando's Peri Peri.

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