Wegmans: Owings Mills Mall ‘Not a Desirable Location’

A supermarket official told Baltimore County Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond in a letter that Wegmans would not go to the Owings Mills mall even if rezoning for Foundry Row fails.

Wegmans supermarket officials have made it clear to Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond that the store will only open at Foundry Row, and nowhere else in Owings Mills.

“I know assertions have been made that an appropriate location for Wegmans may be the Owings Mills mall property,”  read from Ralph Uttaro, Wegmans’ senior vice president of real estate development. 

“We have consistently maintained our stance that the Owings Mills mall property is not a desirable location for a Wegmans store,” said the letter that was sent late last month.

Almond contacted Wegmans officials, who have signed on to open a store at the former Solo Cup site, to see how they felt about the mall property.

Two other developers near Foundry Row—the development where the Wegmans store would be located—have complained that Foundry Row is incompatible with their plans. Those developers are Kimco and General Growth Properties, which are overseeing the  and David S. Brown Enterprises, which is building the .  

Greenberg Gibbons is the developer working to redevelop the Solo Cup site with Wegmans and other retail. The Solo Cup site would have to be rezoned from a manufacturing to a business classification in order for Wegmans open.

Almond said she is trying to work with all of the developers.

“I’m trying to gather all the information I can to make a good judgment call for the zoning,” she said.

Uttaro’s letter said that Wegmans considered a request to put a store at the mall location several years ago and rejected the location back then.

“Annually, we are offered hundreds of sites, and we only choose 2-3 locations to build and open,” the letter said. “We consider the market, the specific site, the creativity of the project and the developer, among other things, in making our decision.”

The letter further states that if rezoning of the Solo Cup location is not approved, Wegmans will “not locate a store at Owings Mills Mall.”

“I’ve made no promises, but at the same time, I’ve shown my excitement for the project and I’m excited and I’m excited for all three projects,” Almond said.

Officials involved with the mall redevelopment and Metro Centre project have expressed , not to Wegmans specifically.

“This is a retail development that somewhat out-positions the mall, and if you put big box retailers out on Reisterstown Road, it will have a dramatic impact on who can be attracted to come back to the mall,” said Geoffrey Glazer, Kimco’s vice president of acquisitions and development for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. “Good planning is not based around a retailer, it’s based around a good planning exercise for what’s appropriate to be around a corridor.”

The and the have expressed their support for all three projects. the three developments can work together and thrive together.

“In my opinion, all three sites are incredibly different and will offer different services and different retail,” she said. “… I think people in our area and from all over our area are so hungry for places to shop so they don’t have to go outside their community.”

Jack Black March 11, 2012 at 02:32 PM
The sick and twisted idea that people actually think they need more places to shop at especially large corperate run megaliths. No wonder they call you consumers.Your not happy unless your continuously destroying everything around. I say raze the useless properties and bring the deer back home!
Buck Harmon March 11, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Why not include something that does not exist in the community....learning opportunities, like a really nice Trades/Arts Campus, surrounded by businesses that promote healthy lifestyle...
Chuck Burton March 11, 2012 at 03:13 PM
So what you're saying is get rid of the people (except yourself, of course). People have needs and desires, and want them gratified - this means merchants are wanted and needed too. Isn't it better to have them all in relatively small clumps than spread out everywhere?
Ian August 05, 2012 at 12:32 AM
I don't shop, eat, or drink in Owings Mills. And I live in New Town. I drive to Hunt Valley, Towson, Baltimore, Columbia, and even Laurel occasionally. Having a Wegmans in OM would guarantee me spending hundreds of dollars a month locally.
Chuck Burton August 05, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Hard to believe you wouldn't stop by the New Town Giant when you forgot to pick up a food item in Columbia or Towson. Try the summertime produce stand on McDonough Rd, or Trader Joe in Pikesville, or Aldi in Cherryvale for cheap but decent staples. Look around - you might find something among the little shops in Pikesville or Reisterstown.


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