High's Store, Gas Station Proposed for Annapolis Road

The new gas station and car wash would be near Charter Oaks Boulevard, at a now-vacant site of a former Chinese restaurant.

High's Dairy Stores next week will propose building a new gas station, car wash and convenience store at the corner of Annapolis Road and Charter Oaks Boulevard.

The new store would fill a plot of land that has been vacant for more than a year, ever since the demolition of a former Chinese restaurant on the site.

Officials from High's are expected to present their plan at the Tuesday, July 31 meeting of the

The landowner, , struck a deal with High's after a similar proposal with BP gas stations fell through.

High's would bring another hybrid convenience/gas station location to Odenton, similar to the Royal Farms store at the corner of Annapolis Road and Blue Water Boulevard.

Other items on Tuesday's oversight committee agenda include:

  • Matt Harrell, a representative of the Maryland State Highway Administration, will give an update on the timeline for road and intersection improvements on Annapolis Road in front of Fort Meade and into Odenton.
  • Sally Shoemaker of the Odenton Heritage Society will give a presentation discussing the in the Odenton Town Center Master Plan.
  • Steve Horne of Elm Street Development will present the near the intersection of North Patuxent Road and Becknel Avenue. The committee could hold a final vote on whether to recommend the plan.

The full draft agenda of the next meeting of the Odenton Town Center Plan Oversight Committee is attached.

The committee will meet on Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Western District Police station at 8273 Telegraph Rd., Odenton. The meeting is open to the public and there will be time set aside for public comment.

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Richard Hertz July 28, 2012 at 12:08 AM
So, your house is currently for sale, meaning, according to the logic of your initial post, that you're keeping the cost of buying it "inflated." Right? Do you consider yourself to be a Fat Cat? Earlier you accused the property owners of "keeping the cost of building or renting inflated and don't care if they rent or sell unless they get what they want for their property." Tell me how your motives in selling your house are somehow different. I guess in that case you won't mind the BRAC employees and contract workers keeping the (housing) prices inflated.
Richard Hertz July 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM
If only those dummies at Highs would have asked for your advice on whether or not they can make money on this venture. Also, you've managed to contradict your own economic reasoning in one small paragraph. First you note that there are already too many gas stations...then you say that even with an oversupply, they are somehow able to price gouge.
Richard Hertz July 28, 2012 at 12:24 AM
There's a stunning amount of economic ignorance in the comments here. Many seem to know exactly what type of business should go in that empty space. The thing is, not one of you was willing to put your money on the line and put a restaurant, bakery, or jewelry store there. Perhaps the Highs owners have done some real research and determined that, despite the protests from the economic illiterates who've done absolutely no research, a convenience store/gas station will make money. Do you think they know that 3-4 restaurants on that stretch of 175 have closed down in the past decade?
George July 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM
All of the restaurants that closed had the following in common: - Extremely poor service. - Extremely dirty -Extremely poor food quality. Everyone knew that McDonalds was the worst in the franchise. The workers had no interest in keeping thep lace open and took forever to fill basic orders. If you wanted MikkyD's it was faster to drive over to Severn or down to Odenton amd that's what people did. The Korean place was very nice at the beginning but went down hill and jacked prices up at the same time. But the ultimate reason why Mr. Kim left was the fact that he was homesick AND Royal Farms came in with an offer he oculdn't refuse. The fact that none of the commentors has invested in a franchise does not say one tintg or naother about their fiscal literacy. Few poeple living in the area have the cash flow needed to put up a well known venture.
Ironboar July 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM
You're so right - another gasco would help shorten the lines at Royal Farms. Speaking of gas stations, the strip would do well to get an upscale bar, restaurant and entertaiment venue.


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