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Visions for Vacancies: Reisterstown Shopping Center

What would you like to see occupy the blank concrete pad at the Reisterstown Shopping Center?

The Reisterstown Shopping Center's almost a year ago. In May, the community rejoiced when the shopping center's old Exxon gas station, which had been vacant for more than a decade, .

What remains is a blank concrete pad behind a fence. Over the years, that strip housed a bowling alley, an arcade, a bagel shop and many more businesses. What do you think should go there?

What sort of business do you think would you like to see in this space? Tell us in the comments.

Is there a commercial vacancy you'd like to discuss? If so be sure to email editor Marc Shapiro (marc.shapiro@patch.com) and maybe it will be featured in the next Visions for Vacancies.

Tom Hope September 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM
It would be nice to see retail space developed there and perhaps a family style restaurant. However the Supiks' will probably come up with a "keep the bowl empty" or "pass the gas" campaign to inhibit further growth and progress in the area.
ddbs00 September 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Isn't there already a redevelopment plan for this space? If so, what's the hold up on that?
T. Berk September 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Call me old - fashioned, but an activity that is something for people to do! A bowling alley with both duck pin AND ten pins would be great for families, dates, etc. They're certainly profitable, welcome and a hit in many other communities in the surrounding D.c. area and other locales. Many people could create leagues, as well. Rooms could be available for private birthday parties, and another separate area with two pool tables, a bar, and a large screen TV and sofa.too, a la' the location on Route 40. In other words, a sport that keeps people active, especially during the winter months. Maybe battig cages, and pinball - type machines area. Lazer tag or new games. Small tables with built in chess/checker boards, or backgammon,etc.
Marc Shapiro (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 01:42 PM
They do have renderings of what it could look like fully developed, but until they have tenants sign leases, that layout could change. I'm having some trouble tracking down the document, but I'll post it here when I find it.
Chuck Burton September 12, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I miss the old Woolworth's that used to be in back near Mars. if you wanted some knick-knack and couldn't find it elsewhere, it was usually available there. Maybe someone could build something like that. Ames was almost as good. Walmart and Target never seem to have things of that sort.
ddbs00 September 12, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Yeah, the renderings have been floating around for a while, but I guess it's not going to happen until it happens... http://www.segallgroup.com/media/properties/pdf/sg_reisterstownsc_web.pdf
Laura Hermoza September 12, 2012 at 03:38 PM
A Kohl's would be nice!
brobin September 12, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Starbucks and a Baja Fresh!
Andrea Cohen September 12, 2012 at 07:08 PM
A decent mid-priced family restaurant, a Starbucks, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor........something but that horrible eye sore that now sits there. I too miss Woolworth's. My kids loved to sit at their lunch counter and have lunch.
Vicki Fussell September 12, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Panera, Trader Joes, Ice Cream shop would be fun. A coffee shop not necessarily Starbucks. Applebee's.
Mary Molinaro September 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Thanks for the link -- I had seen some old renderings. Hope they find someone to lease soon. If they can't quickly, I hope they complete the demolition and plant some grass or blacktop the area as it is still not looking very nice.
Catherine Ridgely September 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM
It would be nice to have the chinese resturant and a bagel shop back
Eddie Weinstein September 13, 2012 at 02:31 AM
ace hardware and panera bread
Jackie Breau September 15, 2012 at 08:07 AM
Panera Bread, Starbucks or maybe a Sonic would be fun.
Buck Harmon September 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I think a bowling alley and a gas station would be a nice mix...and maybe a Food Fair and White Coffee Pot.
Alexandra Chat September 17, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I would like to see small independent (local) stores instead of large chain stores. Frederick Rd in Catonsville has had a lot of success with stores like Atwaters, Objects Found, independent record stores, etc. Most of the large stores mentioned are already reasonable close in out area. Trader Joe's is in Pikesville, Reisterstown would be awfully close for another one, Panera too and Sonic in Randallstown.
Evil Leon September 18, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Liquor stores or gas station. There are not enough of those on Reisterstown Road.
Kristina Lee October 21, 2012 at 04:47 AM
I vote PANERA!!! Pikesville is horrendous and the next closest is Westminster or sykesville.... But I heard it was to be a sonic and something else restaurant wise...
Cheryl Holden December 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Id like to see a nice steak house like the Golden Corral :)

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