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Waugh Chapel Towne Centre Coming to Life

An artisan pizza restaurant, children's hair salon and several other shops are scheduled to open this month at the new development in Gambrills.

Waugh Chapel Towne Centre is beginning to reveal itself as a must stop-and-shop venue with several stores already open and many shoppers as well as retailers eagerly awaiting the fall debut of Wegmans, a mega-grocery store that includes cooking demonstrations, gourmet food shopping, hot and cold food bars and restaurant-style seating.

"Everyone is holding their breath waiting for Wegmans,” said Diane Kelley, owner of , a chain of 780 spas in the United States and Canada. “And I am pretty excited about it too.”

for the 125,000-square-foot store that is slated to open Oct. 28, according to developers Greenberg and Gibbons. The Baltimore-Washington area firm also developed Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole and Hunt Valley Towne Centre in Baltimore County.

The Wegmans at Waugh Chapel will be the chain’s sixth store in Maryland and the second to open this year in the Baltimore area. The New York-based chain has about 80 stores in the northeast and mid-Atlantic region.

Karin Jorgensen, a spokeswoman for Crosby Marketing, said Waugh Chapel Towne Centre will bring about 5,000 jobs to the area. Wegmans expects to hire 520 workers including 160 full-time positions. About 470 of the 520 jobs will be filled by local residents.

Like Annapolis Towne Centre, Waugh Chapel will have an urban-style feel to it with the completion next year of The Arcadian at Waugh Chapel, a 298-unit apartment complex. The complex is a $57-million project by the Bozzuto Group, a Greenbelt developer.

Since the March , several new stores in 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use development have opened their doors: , Panera Bread, , the discount chain store Five Below, Massage Envy, Sleepy’s and Visionworks are also open and attracting customers.

Coal Fire, a small upscale Maryland chain of restaurants specializing in artisan pizza, fresh sandwiches, salads and a full-service bar, is expected to open by the end of the month. Also expected to open in June is Snip-Its, a haircut salon for children that can also host birthday parties. The Regal Cinema IMAX theater is also expected to open by the end of the summer.

Tiffany Colon, Sports Clips' manager, said business has been brisk with more and more customers coming into her shop and foot traffic in the center has stepped up.

"Sports Clips is a great store in a great neighborhood,” she said while coaxing Crofton toddler Camden Cimino to sit still while she trimmed his locks. “And we are all waiting for Wegmans to open.”

Camden's mom, Crofton resident Stephanie Cimino, 28, agreed.

"I used to have to go to Severna Park to get his hair cut,” she said. “This is so much more convenient.”

Other stores slated to call Waugh Chapel Towne Centre home include: Old Navy, Bubbles hair salon, Bed Bath and Beyond, , the Green Turtle restaurant, Subway, Bank of Annapolis, Yogurt Vi, Silver Spring Thai, Qdoba, Venetian Nails, PNC Bank, Verizon, Columbia Bank, Vitamin Shop, Fuji Japanese Steakhouse and AT&T.

Which store are you most looking forward to opening? Tell us in the comments.

CORRECTION: This article was updated to correct the spelling of the Stephanie Cimino's name.

My Opinion June 15, 2012 at 08:30 PM
When is Bed, Bath & Beyond opening?
Kathy June 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM
It's a shame that there are no upscale clothing stores, that we still have to go to Annapolis for that kind of shopping
Elizabeth Ann June 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM
I really wish they open a books a million or barnes or noble!! Loving the new shopping center.
Ronald June 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Is there a bus line that goes there for the indigent crowd? Perfect spot for Maryland's 7th Casino! The more the merrier.
Nikki C June 16, 2012 at 04:17 PM
The last name is spelled "Cimino." Great article otherwise!
Mark June 16, 2012 at 04:34 PM
This site would be a wonderful place for Maryland's new Sonic Drive-in!
JoAnn Bernoski June 17, 2012 at 01:37 PM
An office supply store would be a great addition.
Kris Antonelli June 18, 2012 at 02:45 PM
my sincere apologies...
Kris Antonelli June 18, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Developer did not have a specific date for that store, but I got the impression from the retailers I spoke to that many of the stores will be open at the same time as Wegmans...
Kris Antonelli June 18, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Yes, asked about upscale shops like the ones at Annapolis Towne Center, but developer's spokeswoman said she did not know if there would be any and that they are announcing new store openings as they happen...
Kris Antonelli June 18, 2012 at 02:52 PM
yes, I asked about a book store and the developer's spokeswoman said she not know and that they were announcing new store openings as they happen...
Janet June 20, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Why do you have to park behind the stores like Panera? It is a dumb design. It stinks to have to walk all the way around the bldg. to go to those stores in the middle. The Target stores faces the backs of the center aisle stores. It is weird and inconvenient.
Kaitlyn McGrath July 02, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Are they planning a parking garage for the Wegman's? I hope so. Otherwise, parking will be insane!
MB July 03, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I wish the developers and the town would require a pedestrian bridge as part of the design. Its not safe to ride your bike or walk across route 3 and it would be great to be able to do so. Any chance at cutting down the traffic and congestion in this area would be greatly appreciated. Let's reduce the need for locals to have to use their car to get to the movies.
John July 03, 2012 at 01:39 PM
There's about 1/4th of the parking needed. Even the Columbia Wegmans built a parking garage. If you look now, and the center is barely open, the entire parking area behind Panera is jammed....and that's just for Panera traffic. Parking available right in front of Wegmans is a complete and utter joke. It's just a bit larger than normal grocery store parking. I have NO idea where people are supposed to park for the movie theater. Apparently everyone is supposed to park behind the Panera strip - but that'll also be jammed with Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc...people. Now let's talk about the middle strip of stores that's still under construction. WHERE is the parking going to be for people visiting any of those stories? Are they really going to share the Wegman's lot? My opinion; the strip stores are going to struggle. Subway, for example, is something you want to be quick. But no one's gonna spend 30 minutes driving around to look for a spot to park to go into Subway.
Kineta July 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I so agree on a new Sonic! Noodles and Company, Olive Garden , Red Lobster would be great as well.
Kineta July 17, 2012 at 11:59 AM
I absolutley love the strip! I cant ait for the new Wegman's. I just visited the one in Hunt Valley first time.. Loved it! I cant wait til Bed Bath and Beyond opens. Also glad to hear about a new nail spot! Defiantly a yes to more food places. A Express or small H&M would be lovely.. Ok Im getting carried away. I love the new strip.. No more banks though.. I feel their taking up space. Just my opinion though.
Kineta July 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Foot Locker or a lovely Boutique would be wonderful.. I have many ideals.. But again this is just my opinion. *smiles * rightblink
My Opinion July 17, 2012 at 05:06 PM
BB&B is moving their Bowie Towne Center store to the newer Waugh Chapel and has anyone notice how the Waugh Chapel we have come to love is now becoming a bunch of closed stores? Why do they do that to the older stores? Next the Bowie Towne Center will start drying up too....and so it goes....what a mess the roads have become and now the older shopping centers will be discarded too....But that is what we do here in America out with the old and in with the new in many ways :(.
Lisa H. July 26, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I'm looking forward to Qdoba!!
Dustin September 11, 2012 at 06:33 PM
you're right, having to walk an extra 30 steps to get that sandwich is pretty inconvenient...
Dustin September 11, 2012 at 06:36 PM
No kidding. Look at what the Muvico opening did to Arundel Mills.

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