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Homesense and Saladworks are the two newest tenants in Bel Air’s Tollgate Marketplace

The Homesense store at the Tollgate Marketplace in Bel Air is set to open Feb. 13.
The Homesense store at the Tollgate Marketplace in Bel Air is set to open Feb. 13.(S. Wayne Carter Jr.)

There are two new tenants in the Tollgate Marketplace shopping center in Bel Air: the Homesense retail store and a Saladworks restaurant.

The Homesense store, which has moved into a 30,000-square-foot space previously occupied by Toys R Us and Babies R Us, is scheduled to open Feb. 13, according to a news release issued by its parent company, The TJX Companies Inc..

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“Homesense offers an expansive selection of high-quality home merchandise, from furniture to decorative accessories, and customers can discover it all at amazing prices,” according to the release.

There are more than 20 Homesense stores in the U.S., and the Bel Air store will be the company’s fourth in Maryland — other stores have opened in Annapolis, Colombia and Owings Mills. TJX operates multiple retail chains and online shopping sites in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe; some of their brands include Homesense, HomeGoods, Sierra and T.J. Maxx.

“We launched Homesense to bring customers even more of what we know they love — beautiful, quality home merchandise at incredible values,” John Ricciuti, president of HomeGoods and Homesense in the U.S., said in a statement. “We are thrilled that Homesense brings a vast and unique selection for customers to discover and curate the homes of their dreams.”

Saladworks offers an array of sandwiches, paninis, soups and its signature salads. Amanda and James Johnson, owners of the Bel Air restaurant, plan to open six Saladworks in the Baltimore area, according to a news release from the town of Bel Air — a ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 11.

The Bel Air restaurant had its grand opening Jan. 20, according to the Saladworks Bel Air page on Facebook.

The operators want to offer local consumers, “who are focused on a healthy lifestyle, an alternative to traditional fast food,” Angela Robertson, the town’s economic development coordinator, wrote in an email Thursday.

Tollgate Marketplace is at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 24 in Bel Air, accessible either from Route 1 or via South Tollgate Road and Marketplace Drive. The shopping center has experienced turnover among some tenants in the past three years, with the former hhgregg closing in 2017 and the Toys R Us and Babies R Us closing in 2018.

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The former Starbucks store closed in winter 2019 and has since been replaced by a Gong Cha bubble tea store, and the Party City moved into the former Bassett Furniture space. Cork Wine & Spirits was seeking approval to open a liquor store in Party City’s former spot as of last September.

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