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Real Estate Weekly: ShopRite inks lease for 85,000-square-foot store in Glen Burnie

Leases, news and notes from Maryland's commercial real esate industry

ShopRite, a full-service supermarket, has signed a lease for an 85,000-square-foot store in the Chesapeake Square Shopping Center in Glen Burnie, owners of the center said Monday.

The store, formerly occupied by a Kmart, will open in the fall and create 200 new jobs. It will be operated by Collins Family Markets, a family-owned company that owns three ShopRite supermarkets in Pennsylvania.  The Chesapeake Square supermarket will be the eighth ShopRite in Maryland and the first in Anne Arundel County.

There are more than 200 ShopRite stores located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland.

Chas Spa and Salon opens at Ritz-Carlton

RXR Realty, developers of The Ritz-Carlton Residences at the Inner Harbor, announced this week the opening of Chas Spa & Salon, featuring a variety of services for both female and male guests. Services include: facials, waxing, massage therapy, hair styling and aqua therapy.

An icon in the Baltimore hairstyling community, Chas opened his first salon in the mid-1970s and grew the business to six locations throughout the area.

Bulle Rock fundraising lauded

For the third year in a row, The Residences at Bulle Rock received a Community Service Award from the Susquehanna Hose Company. The community was recognized for fundraising efforts at the 3rd Annual Bulle Rock Turkey Trot.

On Thanksgiving morning, 500 runners and walkers participated in the 5K walk/run, raising more than $5,000. Event proceeds were used to purchase two Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), one for the Havre de Grace Little League that will be kept at Stancill Field, and one for the Lantern Queen Riverboat, which is berthed in Hutchins Park.

Developer Bozzuto, Doory named to state boards

Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed Thomas “Toby” Bozzuto Jr. to the Maryland Health and Higher Education Facilities Authority. Bozzuto is president of Bozzuto Development Co. of Greenbelt, which specializes in the development of multifamily apartment communities, ranging from affordable housing to urban high-rise properties throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

Also announced was the appointment of Del. Ann Marie Doory, D-Baltimore City, as a member of the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals. The board adjudicates bid and contract disputes between state government and contractors or vendors doing business with the state

Waters Corp. hired to build UMd. food safety facility

The University of Maryland said it enlisted the Massachusetts-based Waters Corp., a manufacturer of equipment to detect chemical contaminants, to build the first facility in the world to train scientists from foreign governments and manufacturers on methods of analysis to help them meet U.S. food safety standards.

Set to open next year, the $4 million, 4,700-square-foot International Food Safety Training Laboratory will be operated by the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, a collaboration between the University of Maryland and the Food and Drug Administration.

BAE Systems wins $95M Army order

Rockville-based BAE Systems, a defense company, received a U.S. Army contract worth up to $95 million to install and maintain automated security systems to control access to Army bases and other installations.

The systems use software and hardware to verify information on individuals and match that information to data on registered vehicles. BAE provides similar systems for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and others in critical environments.

Forrester Construction wins awards

Rockville-based Forrester Construction Co. won awards from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties MD/DC chapter for two projects that it built.

The firm won an Award of Merit – Best Institutional Facility for the Walker Jones School in Washington, D.C., the first new school and library to be built under Mayor Adrian Fenty’s administration The project included a new, 100,000-square-foot pre-K-8 school, a 5,000-square-foot public library, and a 20,000-square-foot public recreation center.

Forrester also received an Award of Excellence – Best First Floor Retail for its role in buiding Washington’s Potenza Restaurant. The 11,000-square-foot project involved the construction of a restaurant, bakery, and a wine store, which were all built in the historic Woodward Building at 15th and H Streets, NW.

The Week in Leases

  • 10 E. Baltimore St., a 16-story, Class B office building built in 1973 in downtown Baltimore, will continue to be the headquarters location of the Maryland Workers Compensation Commission, after the state agency renewed its lease for 55,371 square foot of space. Kasey Hughes of Transwestern’s Columbia office represented the landlord in the transaction.
  • Global Satcom Technology, a provider of transportable satellite communications systems, signed a five-year lease for 10,000 square feet of space at 9141 Arbuckle Drive in Gaithersburg. Tom Tuxillo of McShea brokered the transaction.
  • ARVO Communications Inc. leased 12,975 square feet of space at 1801 Rockville Pike in Rockville. The term of the lease is for 10 years. The landlord is PRIM 1801 Rockville Pike LLC. McShea & Co. brokers Bick Dickman, Bob Wrightson and Brian McCarthy handled the negotiations.
  • AMT Services, a residential cleaning company, signed a 3,450-square-foot warehouse with office lease at Hidden Rock Two, 9515 Gerwig Lane, in Columbia. Merritt Properties is the owner of the 156,500-square-foot, single-story building in close proximity to MD Routes 32 and 100, and Interstates 95 and 295. Merritt’s Jamie Campbell, Ridgely Bowman, Vince Bagli and Steve Shaw handled the deal for their company.
  • MOM’s Organic Market of Rockville, a homegrown organic grocery chain, will open a store in the spring of 2012 in the newly developed Mosaic District in Merrifield/Falls Church, Va. The Mosaic District is a LEED Pilot Project created by the U.S. Green Building Council. The store will feature a sustainable site, 20,000-square-foot green roof, water efficiency and indoor environmental quality. MOM’s, the only local provider offering only 100 percent organic produce, has five stores in Maryland and one in Virginia. The company said it plans to open five to six additional stores by the end of 2012.

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