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Green Spring Station to extend Thursday evening hours

Green Spring Station is launching new, extended hours on Thursdays next month. Starting on Oct. 2, all the shops and restaurants at the station, 10803 Falls Road, will stay open until 8 p.m., two hours beyond the current closing time of 6 p.m.

The extended Thursday hours are in effect "forevermore," said Tom Peddy, principal at Foxleigh Enterprises, owner of Green Spring Station in Lutherville. "Several stores had stayed open later on their own but this is now a station-wide policy."

The entire Green Spring Station includes office and Johns Hopkins Medical buildings, a total of 700,000 square feet. Of that figure, retail and restaurants and three banks account for 175,000 square feet. The one-level station building has 26 tenants.

The late Thursday hours are a prelude to new developments at the station, which is known for its upscale women's clothing and home goods. In 2015, Peddy said a major renovation of the station will take place, one that has tentatively begun with the addition of four new stores.

The new tenants are Becket Hitch, home goods; Wee Chic, children's clothes and gifts; Francesca's Atelier, special occasion clothing; and a fourth store, a ladies dress shop that Peddy could not name until the lease is finalized next week. Other shops will be relocated within the station.

Green Spring Station's restaurants and shops attract 2,000 to 2,500 visitors per day from, a recent survey found, the York Road corridor, Towson, south to Roland Park and north to Hunt Valley. Stone Mill Bakery alone, a restaurant/bakery, racks up 450 sales per day, or an estimated 600 customers daily.

In addition to the station's daily count, an estimated 2,000 patients per day visit the Johns Hopkins Medicine building.

Peddy attributes the station's popularity to its unique and upscale offerings. "We think of ourselves as a fashion center. We don't have cookie-cutter stores," Peddy said.

The station also has the largest concentration in Maryland of businesses owned by women, Peddy said.

To kick off the extended hour policy that begins on Oct. 2, Tark's Grill will host a special happy hour from 6 to 8 p.m. and The Wine Merchant will offer free wine samples and cheese in the common courtyard during the same hours. In addition, several merchants will be offering special promotions throughout the month of October.

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