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Developer in Talks for Grocery Store at Academy Yard

Developers are in late-stage negotiations with a grocer, and hope to bring 110,000 total square feet of new retail and 300 more apartments.

Site plan for Phase II of the Academy Yard project. Grocery store is the large pink rectangle on the bottom right. (Credit: Tim Lemke via StonebridgeCarras)
Site plan for Phase II of the Academy Yard project. Grocery store is the large pink rectangle on the bottom right. (Credit: Tim Lemke via StonebridgeCarras)
The developer of the Academy Yard project on Telegraph Road is in late-stage negotiations to bring a grocery store to the site, along with as many as eight other retailers. 

Representatives from StonebridgeCarras said they hope to attract more than 100,000 square feet of retail, including a grocery store anchor, to the site once occupied by the former Nevamar facility. The grocer would comprise roughly 65,000 square feet. 

In addition, there would be 300 new apartments on the site, and a site plan also shows eight other retail pads, including two on the west side of Telegraph Road. 

Academy Yard is already home to the Flats170 apartment complex, which has 369 units to the north. 

StonebridgeCarras principal Ellen Miller said the company was talking with two grocers and hoped to finalize a deal quickly. 

"We are very, very close to bringing a grocery store here," Miller said. "We are literally at a point where we are negotiating for an anchor. We are very close to a deal."

Miller presented a site plan to the Odenton Town Center Plan Oversight Committee on Tuesday evening. The committee gave a vote of support for the plan. 

The site plan, which could still be revised, shows the grocery store toward the back of the site, with a large parking lot in front. There would also be space for gas pumps. 

A BGE substation would remain in place under the plan, but would be obstructed from view. A water tower on the site would also be preserved, Miller said. 

Residents of Odenton have been clamoring for a new grocer ever since the closure of the Superfresh in the Odenton Shopping Center in 2011. 

Miller said grocers indicated to her that the former Superfresh space was not large enough. 

A recent study of retail demand in Odenton showed that the town could support three more grocers. Currently, Odenton is home to the Food Lion in Piney Orchard and the Weis Market near Seven Oaks. 
Diane in Odenton January 29, 2014 at 09:55 AM
I don't think the failure of the grocery store on 175 has anything to do with the store itself. Stores of many different types have abandoned that shopping center. I don't understand what the problem is, but if the owners can't get that place revitalized, I wish they would just raze it and make a park or something. It's depressing the way it is now.
MM January 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Superfresh left as part of the "reorganization" of the main company, if I remember correctly. From hearing people talk it seems the rent in the shopping center maybe an issue. I would love to see SOMETHING come there and a grocery store would be a major plus! I agree it is getting depressing looking at it. It's becoming like Boomtown is now!
Diane in Odenton January 29, 2014 at 10:51 AM
MM -- yes, I remember that whole Super Fresh reorganization thing. They ended up closing many of their stores. I guess what I was getting at is that the location of the grocery store there in Odenton was well supported, it wasn't as if no one shopped there, and their failure was not the result of a poor location. At least that's the way I see it.
MM January 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Agreed, I was just trying to clarify that it was not really a failed grocery store. I think it was well supported also. It was a business decision based on the failing of the home corp.
TC January 30, 2014 at 07:01 AM
The rent in the old Odenton shopping center is the issue; it's too high! The down side is as the center looses more tenets it will eventually be sold to developers for more townhouses. There are business forces at work trying to drive the owner out so they can develop the land. The owner is helping them along by charging too much for rent...

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