Visions for Vacancies: Arbutus Shopping Center
Space left vacant by Blockbuster piques the imagination
The Arbutus Shopping Center on the 1000 block of Maiden Choice Lane was a thriving retail center for decades--until recently. A changing video industry led to the closure of Blockbuster in 2010, followed by the shuttering of Fashion Bug last year.
Since then, the storefronts have remained empty. For a while there were rumors that an auto parts store would occupy the former Blockbuster location, but plans apparently fell through. The property manager is actively seeking clients, including possibly a discount store.
Here is a shopping center within walking distance to UMBC, on the bus and shuttle lines and with plenty of parking.
What would you like to see there? What kind of store does this neighborhood need and want? Tell us in the comments.