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Laurel Mall Redevelopment: New Tenant, Construction Schedule Unveiled

Sports Authority joins the list of businesses for Towne Centre Laurel. Retail construction is due to wrap up in Oct. 2014.

National sporting goods chain Sports Authority has joined the list of businesses for Towne Centre Laurel, the planned $130 million redevelopment of the site where Laurel Mall once stood.

Greenberg Gibbons, the developer behind the open-air retail and residential plaza, revealed an updated list of tenants along with an estimated construction schedule at Monday night's Laurel Mayor and City Council meeting.

Sports Authority will occupy a 33,458 sqft. space, according to Greenberg Gibbons.

The complex is also set to include a 49,002 sqft. Harris Teeter supermarket, a 50,507 sqft. Regal Cinemas movie theater, and an upgraded 64,964 sqft. Burlington Coat Factory store.

In all, the developer plans to build 400,000 sqft. of retail, dining, and entertainment space as well as 435 residential units.

Greenberg Gibbons laid out the following timetable on Monday:

  • May 2013: Site work starts 
  • June 2013: Construction of phase 1 of retail space begins
  • July 2013: Demolition of the existing Burlington Coat Factory store concludes 
  • November 2013: Harris Teeter’s pad site delivers 
  • November 2013: Construction of phase 2 of retail space begins
  • February 2014: Shell of phase 1 retail is complete
  • March 2014: Residential construction begins  
  • April 2014: Phase 1 of retail opens 
  • July 2014: Shell of phase 2 retail is complete
  • October 2014: Phase 2 of retail opens 
  • March 2016: Residential units are finished 

“This project will bring new life to the site, and our high-quality anchors will help attract more top-notch retailers and restaurants to a deserving community," Brian Gibbons, Chairman and CEO of Greenberg Gibbons, said in a statement.

The 31-year-old Laurel Mall site was purchased in 2006 by Somera Capital Management and AEW Capital Management, which later partnered with Greenberg Gibbons.

The old mall was mostly razed in 2012 and has remained vacant since, apart from the recently-shuttered Burlington Coat Factory and a U.S. Postal Service trailer.

What other sorts of businesses would you like to see at Towne Centre Laurel? Let us know in the comments.

Nichelle August 12, 2013 at 09:09 AM
A movie theatre would be nice...
Nichelle August 12, 2013 at 09:11 AM
Wegman's...
William J. Stoner, Sr. August 31, 2013 at 01:22 PM
GREENE TURTLE WOULD BE A MOST WELCOME ADDITION BACK IN LAUREL. SUCCESS IN THE PAST SPELLS SUCCESS IN THE FUTURE. PLEASE SERIOUSLY CONSIDER THIS ADDITION OF A FINE RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR.
LaTonya September 08, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Wait. I thought we were getting a Whole Foods in the area? Is this no longer happening?
Alicia Sims September 12, 2013 at 02:40 PM
I agree that an Old Navy would be nice. I would also like to see Carter's, Bath and Body Works, Macy's, Greene Turtle or another decent restaurant, and Dairy Queen. I realize Laurel isn't Columbia, but it would be nice if we could work our way there in terms of retail stores.
Glen Jordan Spangler September 30, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Nothing new in four months?
Laurel October 04, 2013 at 10:47 AM
So far there isn't anything that would draw me to shop at the new mall. I would like to see Macy's come back. A Bed Bath and Beyond and Trader Joe's (not Harris Teeter) would definitely get me there to shop regularly. Even tho I personally don't go to the movies very often, I'm glad to see a movie theater coming. Greene Turtle would be nice to have back too. Others have suggested good ideas too. No one seems thrilled about what is coming so far. Seems like we're getting what we don't need! (except the movie theater). I, too, am tired of having to travel so far to get to the retailers we in Laurel also deserve.
Sherry Ventura October 04, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Won't shop at Burlington or Harris Teeters. You want to compete with Columbia and Bowie Town Center you need to bring stores in that will keep people in Laurel. Macy's, JCPenny's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Barnes and Noble, Bath & Body Works, Brookstone, Apple. Many are right we should not have to travel to get to stores we deserve.
Ruth Mosely October 07, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I think it would be a great idea to put a good mix of high end stores along with unique ones like tea shops/vegan spots so that the new development will appear to a range of laurels population.
Puffis Lawson October 16, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Hello Friends, I feel that a Barbershop (preferably Adio's Royal Barber Palace) would be a beneficial addition to the Laurel Mall's atmosphere. The concept of looking good and feeling good lies behind the doors of a mall, Laurel Mall...So why not complete you experience by getting a fresh new hair cut to got with the brand new outfit, I'm just saying.
Vwade October 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM
More Kid Friendly entertainment for the kids of Laurel like the teenager above started -Dave and Buster, Not really a chuck e cheese but some indoor activity type things that can appeal to families, and kids that won't break the bank -but when the weather is bad we need things for kids and families to do. I find it hard to find great kid friendly activities close to home. A movie theater, arcade, bounce house, we already have a bowling alley but it needs to be revamped. Also a cheesecake factory would be nice...So I'm thinking along those lines, find stores that people travel to arundal mills, or Annapolis, columbia mall, tyson, etc. outlet malls
Loew November 02, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Stein Mart would be a huge asset to this community. Contact their corporate office at: Stein Mart Corporate Office For all other inquiries or to contact our corporate office, please call 1-888-STEINMART (888-783-4662). That's how serious I am about improved shopping opportunities in this community.
Loew November 02, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Have you considered a Loehmann's? Both Stein Mart and Loehmanns would bring a totally different class of shopping to our community that is affordable to all economic demographics of Laurel..Contact them at: 1-855-LOEHMANNS (1-855-563-4626)
Loew November 02, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Let's raise the bar: Laurel deserves the best to compete other communities like Columbia and Annapolis. Have you considered a Dillard's. No, what a wow that would be. Even a Dillard's outlet would a a bit of flare. Contact them at Call 1-800-DILLARD (800-345-5273). Sorry I could not find their corporate info. But this should get you started.
Loew November 02, 2013 at 10:20 AM
Now raise the bar just a little more. How about a dinner and live music venue ( JAZZ, Blues...Live Entertainment) much like a Birchmere, Ram's Head (like Annapolis) or Blue's ... I am sure I have more suggestions, this should keep you busy for a minute.
Denise Robinson November 05, 2013 at 10:40 AM
We really need stores that are not in the area. We need to make Laurel the place to be. We don't need another Blvd at Cap center. Places for everyone would include, Justice, Macys, Sephora, Build a Bear, H&M, Charlotte Rouse, Rue 21, LLBean, Green Turtle, House of Blues, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Cadiallac Ranch, Smoothie King, Auntie Anne's, DC Cupcakes, Nordstroms, Aveda, Cheddars, Footlocker, A Pea in Pod, White House Black Market, fye....... We have to step it up. We do not need more Starbucks, mcdonalds or chipotle. Put in some nice options so the mall is open longer then the last one. What you put in is what you get from it.
Denise Robinson November 05, 2013 at 10:48 AM
We will not get the kind of stores we deserve with Burlington and Sports Authority coming. Isn't that already right in the area? So what close that store with an empty space just to open a block away? Crazy
Darelyn Jackson Stoner November 16, 2013 at 09:23 PM
I grew up in Laurel, left and now back again. I love the idea of having some of these places, especially bringing back a movie theatre. I do agree with some of the other comments thought that in order for theses to stay in business yge city will need to take the seriousness of the area thugs, gangs, and rif RAF in order for people to come. Right now just driving around Laurel in general and so many groups of teens walking around like they are looking for trouble. That is my worry. I personally am excited about it. Am confused about title because I thought laurel towne center was taken and off rt 197.
Darelyn Jackson Stoner November 16, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Sorry all the typos...
Tomeshia Mundle December 11, 2013 at 12:11 PM
okay so I think a lot of the comments and suggestions are nice to consider but then again there are some that just don't make sense given whats already available in Laurel. We already have a sports authority and we've already had Burlington. Why bring back Burlington ?! Its wasted space ! We need ATTRACTIONS !!! How about things to bring in money! Stores like a frozen yogurt spot, Noodles & Company, Footlocker, Bed Bath & Beyond, Urban Outfitters, Sephora, J Crew....Bring something new to Laurel ! Something the residents haven't seen here before.
Kimmie Hall December 15, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I would like to see a Macys, chick-fil-a, bonefish, red robin, bed bath and beyond. How about a book store like barnes and noble?
J V McK December 25, 2013 at 07:33 AM
More high end stores are needed. Per city-data laurel has income that supports establishments comparable to Columbia and Bowie. "Zip codes: 20707. Estimated median household income in 2011: $113,009 (it was $83,663 in 2000) West Laurel: $113,009 Maryland: $70,004 Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/West-Laurel-Maryland.html#ixzz2oUN11gVW". I would prefer to shop where I live. The Macys of the old mall was not on par with Columbia or Bowie. Residents should demand better. The developer needs to seriously consider our buying power.
JCO December 31, 2013 at 12:03 AM
I'd be interested to see who voted for Burlington and Sports Authority as the malls main anchors. I can't wrap my mind around that. The Sports Authority 3 miles up the street is always empty and is defiantly not upscaled shopping, and I don't even think I have to say anything about Burlington, that is just laughable to be considered upscaled shopping. This new mall will turn into another Blvd at Landover. This mall could of been great.
Jay Baron January 08, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Please, can we get a trader joes or whole Foods! Maybe a Dave and busters! Food, drinks and games all in one place! A yogurt shop. The burger joint. Salads.. Sweet greens, chopped. More shopping stores maybe an urban outfitters, foot locker, macys. An affordable salon would be great! Make it classy but affordable. A few mid to high end stores wouldn't hurt. Think of all store options. Stores that would have people continuously want to shop there. Thank you!
Diana Tull January 09, 2014 at 10:41 AM
A unique chain store that isn't already in this area, like Dillard's. A lot of people are familiar with this dept. store from other areas of the country. I went to Burlington once, but wasn't impressed enough to go back. Dairy Queen, bed bath & Beyond are also good suggestions. Kroger's, etc. something unique would bring new customers.
Jacky Fowler January 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Restaurants I would like to see include Bonefish Grill, P.F. Chang's, Nando's (PERi PERi), Elevation Burger, Salad Creations, Baja Fresh and Chicken Out. Stores include...Sephora, Aldo, Aldo Accessories, GAP, Children's Place, Finish Line, Loft, Victoria's Secret, NY & Company, Lady Foot Locker (LA Fitness is across the street) and Steve Madden.
Denise Robinson January 19, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Don't think we will be getting the mall we all want or deserve. Noodles, subway, tutti fruiti, massage envy, Panera bread and a beauty supply store are already set to be at that mall. So I guess I will continue to go to Columbia and Arundel Mills
Jean Blount February 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM
We would love to have BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORE as a resident on the Laurel Mall Redevelopment. Please and thank you, http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/our_company/history/bn_history.html Jean Blount, Ashford Boulevard & 4th Street, Laurel, MD 20707 https://www.facebook.com/barnesandnoble#!/photo.php?fbid=10152142076760020&set=a.121195860019.132153.9122810019&type=1&theater BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORE Barnes & Noble History Management Team Community Sponsorships and Charitable Donations Customer Service Vendor Compliance Did You Know Click any of the links below for information on Barnes & Noble's history: Leonard Riggio Acquires Barnes & Noble Innovations Expansion The Book Superstore Internet Retailing Book Publishing Digital Leonard Riggio Acquires Barnes & Noble Leonard Riggio, the company's chairman, began his bookselling career while attending New York University in the early 1960s. Working as a clerk in the university bookstore, he became convinced that he could do a better job serving students, and he opened a competing store of his own. With a small investment, Mr. Riggio established the Student Book Exchange (SBX) in Manhattan's Greenwich Village in 1965. The store quickly became one of New York’s finest bookstores, known for its knowledgeable staff, wide selection and great service. By the 1970s, Mr. Riggio’s thriving business, which included six other college bookstores, acquired the flagship Barnes & Noble trade name and flagship bookstore in Manhattan, which had fallen into decline. Within a few years, Mr. Riggio transformed the Fifth Avenue store into "The World’s Largest Bookstore," with 150,000 textbook and trade titles. Mr. Riggio’s commitment to students continues today through Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, which operates more than 600 college bookstores on college and university campuses in 50 states, serving over 4.6 million students and more than
Katelyn Pettit February 18, 2014 at 06:42 PM
Sephora, bath and body works , red robin , Claire's , Cinnabon , lids , Victoria's Secret ,
Katelyn Pettit February 18, 2014 at 06:47 PM
Cluck u chicken

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