Saturday, November 12, 2011
A year later, are you happy with Burtonsville Town Square's Giant store?
It's been a year since Giant Food moved its Burtonsville store from Burtonsville Crossing to Burtonsville Town Square, becoming one of the first businesses for the new development. Businesses in Burtonsville Crossing are suffering, still without an anchor, much to the frustration of local leaders. Giant's parent company has the right to refuse competing businesses from leasing its former space in Burtonsville Crossing, yet many residents want another food store to occupy the space. How do you feel about the Giant in Burtonsville Town Square on its one-year anniversary?
Friday, May 13, 2011
Planners hope to turn Burtonsville Crossing into a mixed-use space with both retail and residential space.
A new vision for the Burtonsville commercial area is on its way to the Montgomery County Planning Board. County planners began work on a neighborhood plan for the area last December, a month after Burtonsville Crossing, an older shopping center, lost its anchor store to Burtonsville Town Square, a newer development located across the street. Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist 4) initially suggested the department look at land use and transportation in the area. Residents got a sneak peak at the preliminary suggestions for the area at an open house Wednesday night. Kristin O’Connor, senior planner, said the plan may go before the board as early as May 26. Unlike comprehensive, 20-year master plans, which Montgomery County favors to address…
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
A week after Del. Eric Luedtke wrote to Giant of Maryland about its lease on Burtonsville Crossing, Luedtke says the corporation hasn’t responded.
The continuous loss of business at Burtonsville Crossing, a shopping center at Columbia Pike and National Drive, is a problem for Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Dist 14). Luedtke wrote to Giant of Maryland, parent company of the grocery store that serves as the anchor of Burtonsville Town Square, a shopping center that opened in November. The store had been located across the street and served as the anchor for Burtonsville Crossing until the new center opened. According to a statement from Giant, the company is still required to pay expenses for its previous space in Burtonsville Crossing and it is seeking other retailers to take over its old location. Reportedly, the property lease gives the company the right to turn away potential competitors. …
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Read the letter Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Dist 14) sent to Giant, asking the store to discontinue "delaying tactics" that may prevent Burtonsville Crossing from securing an anchor store.
Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Dist. 14) recently wrote to Giant of Maryland, parent company of Giant on Columbia Pike in Burtonsville. Luedtke expressed concern over the health of Burtonsville Crossing since the new shopping center, Burtonsville Town Square, opened in November. Giant operated a grocery store in Burtonsville Crossing until late last year when the company moved its store to the newer shopping center across the street. Reportedly, Giant has the right to prevent similar businesses from moving into their old spot in Burtonsville Crossing. The text of Luedtke's letter: April 4, 2011 Don Sussman Interim President Giant of Maryland 8301 Professional Place, Suite 115 Landover, MD 20785 Mr. Sussman: I write to express my deep concern about…
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Montgomery County Liquor and a Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin’ Donuts combination store are two of the new businesses opening in the new shopping center.
At least two new stores will open in Burtonsville Town Square, the 140,000-square foot retail center anchored by Giant and CVS Pharmacy at the intersection of Columbia Pike and MD-198. Since the updated Giant opened to much fanfare last November, news on what will occupy the remaining vacancies has been slow, but inquiries by Patch turned up new developments. This Sunday a Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin’ Donuts combination restaurant will open in the corner spot on the eastern edge of the property. Franchise owner Chetan Bhakani said he’ll open with a giveaway: free travel mugs for the first 200 people who buy a cup of coffee. The Burtonsville location of Montgomery County Liquor used to be located on property that is now Burtonsville Town …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Patch checked in on East County's newest grocery store after nearly four months in business.
Since its mid-November opening, the new Giant Food in Burtonsville Town Square has kept some old promises, added new features and appears to be a hit with customers. While Store Manager Dave Eyler did not share any specific data on sales figures (due to company policy) his opinion is that customer traffic flow has been consistent and few complaints have been received. “Really the only complaint we get is that some shoppers feel a bit lost in this store compared to the old one,” Eyler said. “Just like when we opened in November, we’re still happy to take the time and physically walk a customer to the location of an item if they are feeling lost.” During the store-opening celebration, management touted the creation of 85 new jobs and a focus…
Friday, January 14, 2011
Montgomery County Planning Board approved an 11-month study of the neighborhood's commercial crossroads properties.
Progress, or plans for it, is on its way to Burtonsville. The Montgomery County Planning Board approved a study of one of the neighborhood's commercial districts Thursday, according to Kristin O'Connor, senior planner at Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and lead planner on the Burtonsville Neighborhood Plan. After briefing the board on other planning efforts and concerns in Burtonsville, including a presentation from Cathy Mahmud of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs on the findings of a streetface analysis, which Baltimore-based Hord| Coplan| Macht completed, O'Connor described the challenges that face Burtonsville. The 11-month study will focus on Burtonsville Crossing, a shopping center with 11 …
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Newly elected officials Senator-Elect Karen Montgomery and Delegate-Elect Eric Luedtke helped cut the ribbon.
On the evening of Saturday, Nov. 13, hundreds anticipated the opening of Giant Food's newest Maryland store. The Burtonsville Giant, located at 15618 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville Town Square, replaces the original Burtonsville Giant across the street at 15791 Old Columbia Pike. The store is the anchor of the new shopping center, which is also home to a CVS Pharmacy and no other businesses. Developer Chris Jones recently presented at an East County Citizens Advisory Board meeting on the progress of the new shopping center. He did not mention specifics, but spoke about his attempts to lure businesses to join the two establishments at Burtonsville Town Square, possibly including an upscale restaurant. "We just closed across the street, a…