H&H Outdoors, downtown Baltimore's longstanding military surplus and camping shop, has purchased a property on Harford Road and is gearing up to relocate, the owner of the family-owned business said.
H&H President Ken Rosenblatt, whose father started the store more than 40 years ago, said he wanted to move because the current location lacks parking and has seen business slow amid sewer and road work. H&H, which has four employees, also rents its space in the 400 block of North Eutaw Street.
The deal for 5406 Harford Road, the former Hopkins Beauty Supply, closed at the end of September. Rosenblatt, who declined to name the sale price, said he expects to move to the new building in northeast Baltimore in the next year or so.
"It's not an overnight thing," he said. "We're in the middle stages here."
H&H is located at the corner of Franklin and Eutaw streets, a part of the city that is seeing a resurgence of activity as developers open new apartment buildings and announce plans for others. But Rosenblatt said he didn't think the new life would improve his sales.
"They are projects, which is all to the good, but that doesn't transfer necessarily into my business," he said. "It's not commercial."
The store sells a range of outdoors gear, with clothing for workers, such as insulated wear, fatigues and work boots representing its strongest sales category in recent years, Rosenblatt said.