Face lifts set for 2 Bel Air retail centers

Major face lifts are planned for two retail centers in Bel Air.

Work will soon begin at the Bel Air Plaza with the demolition of the 22,000-square-foot Super Fresh grocery store. It will be replaced by a 45,000-square-foot facility that will offer customers a meat department and delicatessen, produce section, salad bar, bakery, prepared foods section, and gourmet food and cheese area.


About 30 workers will be employed when the store opens later this year. Most will be current workers who have been reassigned to other Super Fresh stores while construction takes place in Bel Air.

The plaza parking area will be resurfaced, and fronts of stores will be modernized. The work is the plaza's first major renovation since it opened in the 1950s.


Meanwhile, the nearly vacant Tollgate Mall has received an infusion of working capital since the Cordish Co. of Baltimore has taken over as managing general partner of the 50-store complex.

The company said the mall will be converted to a strip center. Another group of stores, which would face Route 24, are to be added once a lease is secured from an anchor store.


High's of Baltimore plans to open a convenience store at Main and Ellender streets in Bel Air.

The site was previously occupied by a Royal Farm store, which closed in late December.