News & Notes: April 2013 Edition


Here’s the latest roundup from the Business Beat newsletter, published every two months by the City of College Park.

General Announcements:

Downtown College Park Farmers Market

The 2013 season opened on April 14th with a new market master and an expanded roster of vendors. The market now features producer-only fruits and vegetables, including organic options. New vendors include a bakery, a meat purveyor, and an orchard. For more information on the market please visit its page on Shop College Park. Free parking available on Sundays!

Commercial Tenant Improvement Program

The City is offering up to $25,000 in grant funds for leasehold improvements of commercial retail spaces for new or expanding businesses. The reimbursement grant will cover up to 50% of the total improvement costs for qualifying businesses. The program targets locally-owned and independent operators. Use the following links to get information and an application for this program.

Business Sign Assistance Fund

College Park operates a signage grant program which assists businesses with the costs needed to install storefront signs. The program offers up to $2,500 in matching funds for design, production, and installation. While FY 2013 funds are nearly gone, a new set of funding will be available beginning July 1st.  Program guidelines and an application are available.


April 2013 Business Activity

Now Open:

The Maryland Smokehouse

Opened this month at the former location of Austin Grill Express on the ground floor of The Varsity apartments.  Offers upscale casual dining that reaches south to offer delicious Memphis-style barbeque. Menu items include ribs, beef brisket, southern sides, unique cocktails and desserts. All served with warm hospitality in a vibrant, bluesy atomosphere.

The opening was covered in this Diamondback article.

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill

Opened in March, at the former location of Boston Market in the College Park Shopping Center.  Chain restaurant, started in the Denver area in 2007. Offers patrons the opportunity to build their own entrees. Pitas are made from scratch and baked on site throughout the day. Salads and sauces are made from fresh, whole vegetables and prepared each morning

Covered in this Diamondback article.

– One Stop Shop

Convenience store on College Ave, just east of Rt. 1.

Business Closings:

– YoLove Frozen Yogurt

Located on the ground floor of the Varsity apartments.  The closing was covered in this Diamondback article.

– Sears Optical

Located at the Village at College Park Shopping Center by Route 1 & I-495, next to IKEA.

Coming Attractions:



Expected to open in Fall 2013, by Route 1 & Guilford Rd.

– Jumbo Slice Pizza

Expected opening in summer 2013 on Route 1 & Lehigh, next to the Barking Dog. A DC late night classic, Jumbo Slice Pizza offers oversized pizza and a few other menu items at their Adams Morgan location. Photos and information can be found at their Foursquare page.

Slices Pizza Co.

Expected to open in Spring 2013, going into Terrapin Station.

Offers gourmet pizza by the slice. College Park is their 2nd location; original is in Greensboro, NC. Built around a simple combination: create a friendly and comfortable atmosphere, maintain the highest operating standards, and serve great pizza. Their dough is hand-rolled daily and they offer over a dozen types of pizza at any one time.

– Terrapin Turf

Going into the former Santa Fe Café space on Knox Road, expected to open Summer 2013. The latest update is in this Diamondback article.

Verizon Wireless

Phone service retailer already has one location by IKEA in North College Park, scheduled to open another in Fall 2013, at the corner of Route 1 & Guilford Ave.

Lower Midtown:


Expected to open late in 2013, located on Rt. 1 in former Varsity Grille building. Covered by Patch.

– Newaabsaab Kabobs

Mediterranean restaurant, expected to open in summer 2013. Sharing the same location as Rita’s Italian Ice (8900 Baltimore Ave)

State Employee Credit Union (SECU)

MD Credit Union branch location scheduled to open in summer 2013, on the ground floor of the View II apartments.

West Campus:

At least four businesses on the ground floor of the Domain at College Park are scheduled to open in the summer of 2013, around the time the new apartment complex (near Campus Drive & Mowatt Lane) opens. More information about the Domain property can be found here.

Casey’s Coffee

Casey’s Coffee is opening a new location providing customers with coffee, specialty drinks, breakfast sandwiches, waffles, lunch, and other menu items. The College Park location will join their other coffee shops located in downtown DC, Baltimore, Ellicott City, and Columbia.

– Gateway Newstand (Convenience store)


Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt


– Independent Coffee Shop (to be named later):

Expected to open late in 2013.  Located on Berwyn Rd, next door to Fishnet. To be operated by Fishnet owner; covered by Patch.

Upper Midtown:


New frozen yogurt shop, located near the Shopper’s Food in the College Park Marketplace Shopping Center on Cherry Hill Road by Rt. 1.  Expected to open in summer 2013.

– Jamaican Gee’s:

Quick service restaurant, expected to open in summer 2013.  Located by Proteus Bikes, on Rt. 1 between Delaware & Erie.


Two well known businesses have signed leases in the Village at College Park Shopping Center, located at Route 1 & I-495 (next to IKEA) and are expected to open in Summer 2013.

Dunkin Donuts

Mr. Smoothie