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Two High's gone; replacement stores pondered


The recent closings of High's convenience stores in Hickory Ridge and Owen Brown have left village officials and residents wondering what will replace them.

Representatives at High's Baltimore office could not be reached for comment, and village officials said they don't have any information about possible new tenants.

"We've had people asking why the High's left [Jan. 4] and what might go there. We have not heard anything," said Ottilie Grim, Owen Brown village covenant adviser.

Donna Mueller, a leasing representative of Hickory Plaza Associates, believes that a Starbucks-type store may lease the space left Jan. 25 by the High's in Hickory Ridge Plaza. "We don't have anything in writing, but we have heard a lot of vocal interest. The [neighbors] would probably prefer another food store to replace High's, one where you could get a quick soda or bagel."

"I guess a nice bagel or coffee shop would be good," resident Jim Pak said. "I'd just like to see a place where you could quickly go in and out of anytime."

Mueller said she had no information as to why High's closed, and High's office in Baltimore referred all inquiries to its leasing representative, Brian Darnell, who was not available.

As for any lingering sentiment for the old High's, many Hickory Ridge residents seem to have dismissed the store as nothing but a victim of capitalism.

"High's was pretty much obsolete," said Nick Colombel, a veterinary technician at Hickory Ridge Animal Hospital. "The local Wawa had lower prices and was open 24 hours a day. I personally never went to High's, and I could care less that it's closed."

"I really wouldn't mind seeing a Hooters around here," Colombel said.

Pub Date: 2/10/99

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