Old Navy leaving Bel Air for Abingdon; shoe store coming to Harford Mall

Bel Air's Harford Mall and Abingdon's new Boulevard at Box Hill continue to bring in new businesses even as some old ones leave.

After Old Navy recently departed Harford Mall for the Boulevard, the mall announced it would soon be replaced by Shoe Dept. Encore, a division of Shoe Show, Inc., best known for operating Shoe Dept.

An opening date for Old Navy at Boulevard at Box Hill has not been determined, James Martin, president of Ward Properties, said Wednesday.

Champs Sports also recently left the mall, but two new stores have already come in, general manager Lauri Altman said.

Maurice's, a clothing store aimed at ages "17 to 34 with a 20-something attitude," opened in March. Maurice's has more than 800 stores and is part of the company known for Dressbarn, Lane Bryant and Justice clothing stores.

Allatest Collections, a local retailer of sports merchandise, opened in January.

Allatest focuses primarily on the Ravens and Orioles, but also has merchandise for hockey, collegiate and some other NFL teams, according to a press release.

Construction on the Old Navy space will begin soon and an Encore Shoes will take its place in the 22,240 sq. ft. space.  Encore offers affordable and stylish shoes for the whole family.

"We are constantly working to upgrade our tenant mix and add the stores that our customers are looking for," Sandra Heymann, the mall's regional marketing director, said in the release.

Meanwhile, at the Boulevard at Box Hill, three more tenants have been secured besides Old Navy, Martin said.

Also, he said, "we are working with several other tenants and hope to have signed leases in the next four weeks."

Sprint phone provider and Subway restaurant will join Old Navy, as will Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, a business from the Los Angeles area.

All the businesses will be moving into a new building of roughly 40,000 square feet, which will be anchored by Old Navy, Thomas Fidler, of Mackenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, said Thursday.

He said talks with a few other "fashion retailers" are also in the works.

"We're looking to deliver that building mid-summer of next year and hopefully have all these tenants open by Aug. 1 or Sept. 1," Fidler said.

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