Boscov's department store returned to its former spot in Baltimore on Friday as an anchor of White Marsh Mall.
A newly remodeled store opened at 10 a.m. in the 200,000-square-foot space that Boscov's left nearly four years ago.
The regional chain is kicking off its return with a special, ticket-only preview day to benefit local nonprofit groups. The opening also will feature performances by the Academy Award-winning singer and actress Shirley Jones.
The family-owned retailer has distributed about 25,000 preview day tickets to local nonprofits, which are selling the $5 stubs and keeping the proceeds, a Boscov's spokeswoman said Thursday. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
About two dozen shoppers eagerly lined up before the store opened. Alfie Schrodt, of Essex, bought one of the preview tickets through her church, with the proceeds benefitting Harford Community College.
Schrodt said she's glad to have a Boscov's about 10 minutes from her house and won't have to drive to the Westminster store. "I was just so anxious to get to Boscovs," she said. "They have great quality."
Marie Jones, of Baltimore, said when she heard Boscovs was coming back to White Marsh, "I was ecstatic. I love the prices. I love their selection of items. I used to love it here. I buy all my curtains and tablecloths."
The store will be open for business Friday and Saturday, with a grand opening planned for Sunday featuring cooking demonstrations by "Top Chef: Texas" finalist Lindsay Autry.
Jones, known for TV's "The Partridge Family" and roles in "Carousel", "The Music Man" and "Oklahoma!" will perform in the store's auditorium every day for a week beginning Friday, with free shows daily at 2 and 7 p.m.
Boscov's, based in Reading, Pa., filed for bankruptcy protection in the summer of 2008 and closed its stores in White Marsh Mall, Owings Mills Mall and Marley Station just two years after taking over the spaces from Macy's. The company emerged from Chapter 11 in late 2009.