Uka­zoo Books finds new lo­ca­tion in Tow­son

Book­seller to re­open in Jan. on Loch Raven Blvd.

Baltimore Sun - - AROUND THE REGION - By Lor­raine Mirabella lor­raine.mirabella@balt­

Uka­zoo Books has found a new Tow­son lo­ca­tion.

The buyer and seller of new and used books that opened in Du­laney Plaza in 2007 will re­lo­cate to Loch Raven Boulevard, south of the in­ter­sec­tion with Joppa Road.

The book­seller an­nounced the new site, 8641 Loch Raven Blvd., on its Face­book page and said it plans to re­open in mid-to-late Jan­uary next door to Tunes, a buyer and seller of used CDs, DVDs, video games and LPs.

“Lots of park­ing, no stairs to carry up buy­back books and more man­age­able rent,” the Face­book post said.

Ed­ward Whit­fill, gen­eral man­ager and co-owner, said in early Novem­ber that the re­tailer lost its lease and was plan­ning to move to Parkville by early De­cem­ber be­fore a deal to buy a build­ing on Har­ford Road fell through.

The store had been on a month-tomonth lease for the 10,000-square-foot space, but the land­lord found a longterm ten­ant.

Race Pace Bi­cy­cles will open in the cur­rent Uka­zoo lo­ca­tion by mid- to-late March, the chain’s sev­enth lo­ca­tion.

“This is go­ing to be a great business for that lo­ca­tion,” Bal­ti­more County Coun­cil­man David Marks said of the new lo­ca­tion. “It will add to the pos­i­tive things al­ready un­der­way for the Joppa Road cor­ri­dor. The com­mu­nity is very happy with this use.”

Marks said Royal Farms had pro­posed a gas sta­tion and con­ve­nience store for the site, which the com­mu­nity op­posed.

On his rec­om­men­da­tion, the County Coun­cil de­nied a re­quest in Au­gust for a zon­ing change that would have per­mit­ted the gas sta­tion dur­ing the coun­ty­wide re­zon­ing process.

“It’s an­other sign of the mo­men­tum we have along this cor­ri­dor,” in­clud­ing projects such as a Gav­i­gan’s fur­ni­ture store on Joppa Road.

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