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Going, Going, Gone

The Giant at the Rotunda officially closes Thursday night as the new location at the Green Spring Tower prepares for a grand opening.

Thursday marked the last day of operations for the Giant Food store at the Rotunda and the opening for the new Green Spring Tower Square location.

The new location, at 1020 W. 41st St., is scheduled to have a premiere night from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Elected city officials and representatives from Giant are expected to celebrate the opening of the new 48,500-square-foot store with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.  

Back at the Rotunda, Hekemian & Co., the shopping center’s owner, will try to find a new tenant to fill the space being vacated by Giant.  Chris Bell, senior vice president for Hekemian, has announced that they would resume plans to renovate the shopping center.  

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke has said that it is a priority for her to help find a grocery store to take the Giant’s place at the Rotunda. However, that quest may be complicated by the limitations placed on any grocery store that would come to the Rotunda.

As part of an agreement to allow Giant out of their lease at the Rotunda, Hekemian has agreed that any grocer to move into the shopping center will be limited to 20,000 square feet of space.  

That hasn’t stopped residents from advocating for specialty groceries store—in particular —to fill the vacancy at the Rotunda.

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Douglas Sobon March 29, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Trader Joe's! Trader Joe's! Trader Joe's! Trader Joe's!
ralahinn1 March 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I like the part where Douglas says" Trader Joe's"
Tbird March 30, 2012 at 09:15 AM
If TJ's moved in, I'd be shopping there regularly. Parking's a pain in Towson; too far.
Amy Lynn March 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM
I think that the failure of Superfresh and FreshGreens tells us that we don't need 2 grocery stores in the neighborhood. There are other goods and services that do not exist in our neighborhood. A store that sells non-luxury home goods and/or clothing would do really well in Hampden.
Able Baker March 30, 2012 at 01:26 PM
White people love them some Trader Joe's.
Jiji Nakaba March 30, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Trader Joe's ain't coming. They already said they have no plans to expand in the city.
Gordon March 30, 2012 at 05:19 PM
If you go to the Trader Joe's in Pikesville, you will see what diversity is all about. How soon will Trader Joe's be moving in? They would do twice the business that Pikesville does and 3x the business that Giant did.
Joe Schmigel March 30, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I'm all in for a Trader Joe's at the Rotunda. Failing that, I'd like to see MOM's (MOM's Organic Market) at Yorkridge Shopping Center expand into Baltimore City. Those people are so nice!

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