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ShopRite comes to Timonium, Lutherville strip mall for sale, tidbits and more

The shelves will once again be stocked in the grocery at Fairgrounds Plaza in Timonium as a new ShopRite moves in next week.

The 57,000-square-foot anchor in the plaza at 37 West Aylesbury Road where the former Super Fresh once lived will have its grand opening July 31. A  soft open is scheduled for July 28 beginning at 7 a.m.

Bill Sumas, vice chairman of Village Super Market Inc., the parent company of ShopRite, was in Maryland this week working on the final touches to the store and another new ShopRite in White Oak, also in a former Super Fresh location.

Several former employees from Super Fresh have been rehired at both sites, he said.

“We’re hoping to see vigorous traffic,” Sumas said of the new stores, which will feature a pharmacy, a registered dietitian on staff to offer free advice and guidance, a coffee shop, sushi stand, prepared foods-to-go and web-orders for in-store pickup. “We’re family-driven in our stores. We say, ‘let’s make the most of the community.’ ”

That includes giving back, Sumas said. On Tuesday, the group will present a check for $10,000 to the Capital Area Food Bank and the Maryland Food Bank. The company supports local charities with annual donations.

The Sumas family has roots in the Macedonian region of northern Greece, in the village of Vithos. Brothers Nick and Perry Sumas immigrated to America and opened their first supermarket in 1937, and the business grew from there. Today, four generations of the family own and operate 26 ShopRite stores  in the mid-Atlantic. Opa!

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A strip mall at 1711 York Road in Lutherville was listed this week with a $2.4 million asking price.

The shopping center is fully leased at six tenants, officials of KLNB Retail, the listing agent, said.  It is located a mile from the York Road exit of the Baltimore Beltway and is near larger retailers Best Buy, Petco and National Tire and Battery.

More than 73,000 daytime and nighttime consumers reside within a three-mile radius of the center, including more than 30,000 households with an average household income exceeding $103,000. Approximately 37,000 vehicles pass the site on a daily basis, marketing folks say.

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Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development officials say that homeowners have until mid-September to submit an application to the state’s Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program.

A similar deadline approaches for a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and NeighborWorks.  Under HUD’s Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program, Pre-Applicant Screening Worksheets are due by July 22.

The state EMA program helps homeowners who are facing foreclosure due to job loss or a decrease in wages, including those who lost income due to illness.  Loans are provided in the payment of up to 12 months of arrears, including delinquent taxes and insurance, and up to 24 months going forward, with a maximum combined total of $50,000. The deadline for Maryland’s EMA program is September 30, at which time loan applications must be approved and funds must be committed.

Because the EMA application process takes an average of two weeks, homeowners are encouraged to submit their applications no later than mid-September to ensure a full and fair review. Administrators in Crownsville are pushing applications through at a quick pace.

“Maryland’s EMA Program can be such an important resource for many homeowners that we wanted to clear up any confusion about HUD’s deadline and our deadline,” said state DHCD Secretary Raymond A. Skinner.  “We continue to encourage every homeowner who has involuntarily lost employment and who’s behind in his or her mortgage to learn more about EMA and seek help from one of the many approved housing counseling agencies around the state.”

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TIDBITS: Bob Kimball has been named branch manager of the Yerman Witman Gaines and Conklin Realty’s new full-service Bel Air office at Greenbrier Shopping Center, 223 Brierhill Road. Kimball is a 16-year veteran of the residential sales field…If you feel like you will wilt in the summer heat this weekend, grab a free bottle of water at Towson Town Center’s Customer Service booth. With summer in full swing, retailers and restaurateurs at the development are offering specials. ..Indigma, a popular Indian restaurant in Mount Vernon, is reopening across the street from its original location on the square while reconstruction from last year’s fire continues…Coeds at Towson University, Goucher College and Stevenson University are targeted customers for the new Uptown Cheapskate, a national “fashion exchange” that will soon open in the Yorkridge Center South. Former South Moon Under executives Nancy Kline and Emily Schramm hope to open the doors in the 4,000-square-foot store at 1830 York Road in late summer.