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Exploring Issues in Eldersburg: What Should Replace Kmart?

The announcement of Kmart's closing brings up several questions about the future of Carrolltown Center.

It once was a mall and now it's a shopping center that's often in local headlines.

Carrolltown Center recently had several news worthy changes, including the  and the closings of Peebles and Blockbuster. 

While there isn't any new information on what is going to replace Kmart, or what renovations will be done to the center now that two of the building's anchors are gone, Patch still wants to know what you think should be in its place. 

Is there something that Eldersburg is in desperate need of? What would survive an anchor spot in Carrolltown Center? 

Marcia Heyman February 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM
We need move theaters, Target, Red Lobster, Outback, Staples (Office Depot), Pet Smart, Hobby Lobby, Wawa. The list goes on...
Pam Pearce February 27, 2012 at 03:58 PM
It would be nice to have a Michaels or Hobby Lobby in the area. We have to travel to Columbia or Westminster for supplies. Please do not add any new stores to the mall. The mall needs to go. We are depending on the owners to step up to the plate and make the mall a showplace and keep business in the community
Steve Wallace February 27, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Put anything there that will stop the growth of all of the strip malls that keep cropping up! They are turning Eldersburg into Randlestown!
Kelley A February 27, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I'd like to see the whole shopping center razed. We have enough retail vacancies already. I think an indoor athletics facility would fit nicely on that spot. Think winter soccer leagues, high school track meets, and fun stuff like at Four Seasons.
Brian C February 27, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Anything but Target, Red Lobster, Outback, Staples (Office Depot), Pet Smart, Hobby Lobby, Wawa. etc.
BeA Guest February 27, 2012 at 07:22 PM
We could definitely use a Target or some other good stores like Old Navy or Ross and it would be great to have a *nice* movie theater. I agree with those who say we should just tear the place down and start over.
Betsy Mahaffey See February 27, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Target, Michael's, restaurants, movie theater, Old Navy, etc.
Kathy February 28, 2012 at 12:14 AM
How about a Wegmans? Or a movie theatre? Or a nice outdoor mall like Hunt Valley or the Avenue at White Marsh? (I guess it would be too much to hope for a bookstore)
Alissa February 28, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Go to Target's FB page and ask them to come to Eldersburg! :)
Patricia Hejna February 28, 2012 at 06:57 PM
A SteinMart would be wonderful!
Donna D. February 29, 2012 at 01:35 AM
We don't need another expensive grocery store like Wegmans. We need to give Walmart some competition; put a Target in the old Peebles. Put a Pet Smart in the old K-mart. Put a Staples in the old Block Buster store. Get rid of Big Lots and replace it with a Trader Joes. Do something with Carrolltown, it's a serious eyesore.
Eager for Choices February 29, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Black Oak also owns the stalled 'Eldersburg Main Street' behind Walmart. If they wanted to do something here they could have started with those 12 acres. Black Oak's web-site even states Eldersburgs average household income is $100,000, anyone would be crazy NOT to provide options and variety here. I have my doubts about Black Oak being our savior to our shopping woes without some true community support.
S. Loretta Martin March 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I think they should demolish the entire Carrolltown Center site and start from scratch. Carroll County truly needs an up-to-date movie theatre. A moderately priced, "table service" restaurant like Bonefish or Carrabba's would probably do well with the theatre. I like the Trader Joe's idea as well.
Lindsay K March 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM
I think Black Oak is a horrible company. They also own owings mills mall. They have no idea how to manage anything. My best hope is they sell it off to someone who won't continue to devalue our town! Ironically, someone told me today that 40 of walmarts big-wigs came for a visit. They want to put a super Walmart there. Not sure how I feel about that. At least it's better that what's there now. We need to stop drawing the wrong elements or our safe little town will be lost.
Pam Pearce March 29, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Black Oak did not own Owings Mills Mall. Originally owned by Rouse then sold to GGP. I agree BOA is a large dissappoinment to the area and needs to follow thru with their original promised.
J B April 24, 2013 at 12:22 AM
We could use our small movie theatre back, and another place to eat like Olive Garden. Nothing big,. we dont need another Walmart!! . Maybe a Trader Joes or Michaels crafts would be nice. An Outback would also be a nice touch. Lets keep Eldersburg a safe little town!!
LINDA DOWNEY April 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM
I WOULD LOVE TO PUT TARGET AT OLD WALMART OR K-MART THAT WOULD BE GREAT SAVE TRIP FROM WESTMINISTER OR COLUMBIA FOR TARGET STORE. I DO MISS K-MART BUT TARGET IS GOOD ONE.

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