Harundale Mall transformation starts next month Enclosed mall to become strip shopping center


Partial demolition of Harundale Mall in Glen Burnie is tentatively set to begin next month, with groundbreaking for renovations in the summer, a Manekin Corp. spokesman said yesterday.

Cole Schnorf, senior vice president and regional development director of the Columbia-based company, said Manekin officially acquired the mall Dec. 30 and is waiting for the county to approve a permit before starting demolition.

"We would have liked to have been a little further along," Schnorf said. "Originally, we thought we were going to close in November."

Manekin plans to convert Harundale Mall, the first enclosed mall east of the Mississippi, into a retail strip center with a grocery store and the existing Value City store as its anchors.

Schnorf said Manekin has been negotiating for months with a grocery store that he would not identify and that he hoped the lease would be signed within a month.

Rouse Co., which developed Columbia, built the mall 40 years ago during the post-World War II suburban boom. The $10 million project foreshadowed the decline of city retail districts in favor of the suburbs.

As competition developed from newer nearby malls with big-name stores, Harundale's occupancy and customer traffic steadily dropped.

Manekin plans to remove the interior of the mall in redeveloping it into a 237,000-square-foot strip center.

The bank branches now at the mall, First Union and Crestar, along with Value City, which plans to add 30,000 square feet to its 53,000-square-foot store, will remain open during the renovations.

Schnorf said plans are not final but that Manekin probably will have leases available for a restaurant and 10 to 15 small stores at Harundale.

The mall should completely reopen by early next year, he said.

Pub Date: 2/03/98

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