News & Notes: March 2013 Edition

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

General Announcements:

Real Estate Roundtable – March 19, 2013

The City is hosting their 2013 Real Estate Roundtable on Tuesday, March 19th from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Hampton Inn College Park, which is located at 9670 Baltimore Avenue. The event, which is free of charge, provides an opportunity for local stakeholders to receive updates on major developments and to discuss future plans that will shape College Park for years to come.  This year’s featured discussion will center around three recently completed market studies concerning College Park: College Park Metro Station TOD Market Analysis, Route One Communities Retail Market Study, and the University of Maryland Faculty/Staff Housing Market Analysis. A panel discussion will be held with representatives from each firm: Christine Graziano of AECOM, Eric Smart of Bolan Smart Associates Inc., and Linda Anderson of Anderson Strickler LLC.

To RSVP, please contact Michael Stiefvater at 240-487-3543 or mstiefvater at collegeparkmd.gov by March 8th.

City Launches 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 will target locally-owned and independent businesses that fill a void in the College Park’s retail environment such as an apparel store, coffee shop, full service restaurant, and health club. Use the following links to get information and an application for this program.

Relaunch of Shop College Park Website

Launched in July 2008, the Shop College Park website provides an online presence for all of the City’s retail businesses. To improve the site’s functionality, the City authorized a redesign that launched in January 2013. Improvements include a new visual design, a mobile version, an improved search function, and a blog.

 College Park Neighborhood Business Discount Cards

Formed in an effort to bring local independent businesses together, CPNBA aims to promote College Park businesses and maintain a strong, local economy. To encourage patronage of these local independent businesses, CPNBA has recently released a free discount card.  The cards allow patrons to access deals at a variety of businesses, which are viewable online.  Currently there are 19 participating businesses and the cards are available at participating businesses or City Hall.

February 2013 Business Activity

Now Open:

Ovo Simply Veggie (Rt. 1 & Hartwick Rd, Terrapin Station)
Ovo Simply Veggie is a quick service restaurant focusing on innovative vegetarian dishes with an Asian influence. Ovo Simply Veggie hopes to showcase the varying possibilities for healthy food beyond salad including unique desserts.  Featured in this Diamondback article.

Eddie’s Cafe  (Rhode Island & Edgewood, Hollywood Shopping Center)
Eddie’s Cafe is now open in the Hollywood Shopping Center and offers a wide variety of Chinese and American dishes. The dishes, ranging from Szechuan beef to cheeseburgers, are all priced under $10 at this locally-owned restaurant.


Business Closings:

A2Z Wireless (Rt. 1 & Knox Rd)

Capital One Bank (Rt. 1 & Cherry Hill, close to Shoppers Warehouse)

 

Coming Attractions:

A number of these new businesses are featured in this Diamondback article.

Downtown:

7-11
Another location of the iconic convenience store is expected to open in Fall 2013, by Route 1 & Guilford Rd.

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill
Expected to open early 2013, former location of Boston Market in the College Park Shopping Center.  Chain restaurant, started in the Denver area in 2007. From their inception, the company’s goal has been to focus on fresh, healthy, quality foods using original, unique recipes.

– Jumbo Slice Pizza
Expected opening in summer 2013 near 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 this Foursquare page.

– One Stop Shop
Convenience store, expected opening in Spring 2013  on College Ave, just east of Rt. 1.

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.  You can find out more at their Greensboro Facebook page.

– Terrapin Turf
Going into the former Santa Fe Café space on Knox Road, expected to open Spring 2013.  This Diamondback article has the latest update.

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

Lower Midtown:

Denny’s
Expected to open summer 2013, located on Rt. 1 in former Varsity Grille building.  Covered by Patch.

– The Maryland Smokehouse
Opening this month at the former location of Austin Grill Express on the ground floor of The Varsity apartments.  Meats will be smoked over a live hickory wood-burning fire and menu items include ribs, brisket, chicken, and seafood.  Formerly known as Memphis Barbeque at their Arlington location.

– Newaabsaab Kabobs
Mediterranean restaurant, now expected to open spring 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

– Gateway Newstand (Convenience store)

Subway

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt

Berwyn:

– Independent Coffee Shop (to be named later):
Expected to open fall 2013.  Located on Berwyn Rd, next door to Fishnet. To be operated by Fishnet owner; covered by Patch.

Uptown:

Two well known businesses have signed leases in the Village at College Park Shopping Center located north of the Route 1 & I-495 interchange, next to IKEA.  Opening dates are still unknown.

Dunkin Donuts

Mr. Smoothie