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Shake Shack, the upscale burger joint that recently had a splashy public stock offering, is set to open in a few days at 400 E. Pratt St. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)
Shake Shack, the upscale burger joint that recently had a splashy public stock offering, is set to open in a few days at 400 E. Pratt St. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Shake Shack great, more retail needed

The big news in Baltimore recently has been the opening of Shake Shack.

Discussion of the burger chain’s arrival at 400 E. Pratt St. has been a much discussed topic on Twitter. Local news outlets have been breathlessly covering the fast casual eatery’s arrival for the last few weeks. You can find a little taste of the coverage of the burger joint opening here, here, here and here, oh, and here.

But does the Shake Shack fixation expose a glaring need in Charm City?

Steven Bloom, operating partner at PMC Property Group, thinks the overload of news coverage shows the need for more retail in Baltimore.

“I love Shake Shack, but you know, it can’t be the front page of the last, you know, three months… No other market would have a Shake Shack discussion every time somebody talks about development; there would be other things by now,” Bloom said.

About Adam Bednar

Adam Bednar covers real estate and development for The Daily Record.

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