What's Missing in Crofton?

With the opening of the Waugh Chapel Towne Centre and other developments nearby, is there any store or restaurant you'd still like to see?

With all of the new retail development in the area, it's easy to think that we have everything we want and need. 

The Waugh Chapel Towne Centre is nearly complete, with dozens of new stores and restaurants. Other nearby development has introduced additional places to dine and shop. 

But is there a restaurant, store or service that is still lacking in the Crofton area? Is there a type of store that you'd still like to see move in? Is there a restaurant variety that is missing? 

I'd like to know what you think. 

I'll start with the following suggestions: A Bahama Breeze restaurant and a FedEx Office store. 

Bahama Breeze is owned by Darden, the same folks who operate Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn. There are plenty of Darden restaurants around, including several near Arundel Mills. But the closest Bahama Breeze—and the only one in Maryland—is in Towson. 

I ate at a Bahama Breeze in Orlando last month and liked their caribbean-style food. It's different than most of the casual restaurants around here. 

As for FedEx Office, I noticed the lack of a store recently when I missed a shipment to my house and asked that it be directed to a store. The closest FedEx Office locations are in Glen Burnie or Annapolis. 

While the UPS store is nice, it would help to also have a FedEx facility close by in order to pick up and send packages.

A few other ideas: 

  • Sonic - Who doesn't need a place for quick hot dogs and cheap slushes, delivered by people on roller skates? There is only one in the entire county.
  • Cracker Barrel - People went crazy when they found the chain will open it's first local restaurant in Linthicum. 
  • Steak N' Shake - They are everywhere as you head west, but currently the closest one to Crofton is in Fredericksburg, VA. Yummy burgers, good fries. 

What else would you like to see in Crofton?

Dawn from Odenton March 27, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Yes, a Joe's Crab Shack would be good.
Dawn from Odenton March 27, 2013 at 04:34 PM
The area really needs a book store.
Dawn from Odenton March 27, 2013 at 04:35 PM
A tavern/pub would be a good addition to the area.
Dawn from Odenton March 27, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Ethnic (mom and pop) restaurants would be a real hit since everything else is a chain and many of the people coming to the area from Northern Virginia have this now.
Dawn from Odenton March 27, 2013 at 04:38 PM
I couldn't agree more!!!!!
Dawn from Odenton March 27, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Breakfast would be good.
Dawn from Odenton March 27, 2013 at 04:41 PM
I agree with Meg Brennan...... No more burger joints!!!! A Victoria's Gastro-Pub sounds good. One can eat only so much fast food. I would instead like to see a destination place that is low key with good food and beer where people can get together with friends.
Dawn from Odenton March 27, 2013 at 04:46 PM
A book store, pub, and ethnic (mom and pop) restaurants. No more fast food and ice cream stores.
JoAnn Bernoski March 27, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Last I heard, Fuji is remodeling their old location and will have two locations open at WC.
JoAnn Bernoski March 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM
I heard Italian Market was remodelling, too, but just recently noticed a For Lease sign on the building. It is such a waste that that site and the old Damon's should sit unused.
JoAnn Bernoski March 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM
An office supply store, a good Italian restaurant. The Container Store is a good idea. Definitely MORE parking - parking garage would be a great idea!
Mo March 28, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Outback and Olive Garden
Imdette March 28, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Sonic-yes. And, a bookstore absolutely.
Imdette March 28, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Please bring Catherine's Plus Sized clothing. Clothes for women over 21 and the closest is Glenn Burnie.
Imdette March 28, 2013 at 06:41 PM
I would love a Container Store!!
Imdette March 28, 2013 at 06:42 PM
I second Joann's
LLH March 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Olive Garden PLEASE!
LLH March 29, 2013 at 12:14 PM
There's a FED EX office/ pick up location over just off 450. Why don't people know about this place??
McGibblets March 30, 2013 at 06:12 PM
From the sound of it, you're all referencing what we call a "Library".
Cindy Belden March 30, 2013 at 08:03 PM
How is it that they don't have to have actual accessible handicapped parking? We were so excited when they were building because it would be a convenient place to take my elderly mother.... but turned out that she couldn't get to any of the stores from the parking lot except 5 Below! What a shame :-(
Cindy Belden March 30, 2013 at 08:07 PM
The restaurants / bars are nice, but none have anything like pool tables or dart boards. I'd love to have place to go out with more to do that just drink and watch TV! I agree with the idea to "fill" the vacant store fronts. As busy as the area is, there is no excuse for a business to go under except for poor management.
croftonta March 31, 2013 at 09:41 PM
I would like to see a book store just a small one with a coffee shop in it and a craft store like ac Moore or Michaels so that way when you need stuff for school projects or just a boredom buster it is all right there.
imaryland March 31, 2013 at 11:43 PM
What about another gym? Something smaller than LA and Golds. Golds has awful parking and LA fitness is cheap, something a little nicer with all the amenities.
Barb Ster April 01, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Croftongirl April 01, 2013 at 01:27 PM
UGH having grown up in Crofton, I remember when Chapman Farms was a farm and now with all this development, Crofton has lost its small town charm and personally I loathe having to drive up and down Route 3, its a complete cluster...since its already there, i agree with small locally owned businesses and a restaurant like the old Ricks cafe that was in the Kmart shopping center originally and then had moved to Staples corner. Bring those kinds of places back, but I am sure nobody can afford to even lease space in the fancy new shopping center because its shiny and new. I miss the old Crofton, the triangle and the meadows.
JOHN KOWALCZYK April 01, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Welcome to CICI's!!!!!
JOHN KOWALCZYK April 01, 2013 at 07:34 PM
My Air Force buddy and I were looking to open a CICI fanchise into Crofton but we did not have the $1 million in cash that we needed for it to open. Can I borrow $999,999 from anyone????
Janet April 01, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Carrabbas and Outback would be perfect for those locations.
Bekah Walsh April 12, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Trader Joe's and more vegetarian-friendly/healthy eateries.
CT May 09, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Breakfast Shoppe JoAnn Fabric Potbelly Sandwich Noodles & Co Texas Roadhouse Mama Lucia's Red, Hot & Blue Salad Works Room for all of those in existing structures at Waugh Chapel, WC South, Hopkins Place, and the Five Guys/Dickeys/Vocelli building


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