Per­ryville Out­lets down to four stores

Of­fi­cials say big­ger changes may be com­ing

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Af­ter more than 25 years, the Per­ryville Out­lets is down to just four stores in the 45-space shop­ping cen­ter amid talks that it may un­dergo ma­jor changes.

Mary Ann Skilling, Per­ryville town plan­ner, said the prop­erty is in the ac­qui­si­tion stage.

“We’re work­ing with them on var­i­ous things,” she said, with­out di­vulging details.

Peter Mathieson, as­set man­ager for The Shops at Per­ryville LLC, could not com­ment on the fu­ture of the 41-acre com­mer­cial prop­erty. He said the prop­erty owner is not ready to an­nounce his plans for the land.

“You’re just go­ing to have to wait,” he said.

More than a year ago, Mathieson hinted that light in­dus­trial was be­ing ex­am­ined.

Skilling said the land is cur­rently zoned C2, or high­way com­mer­cial.

“With C2, cer­tain things can hap­pen there, but ware­hous­ing isn’t in our C2 dis­trict,” Skilling said.

PER­RYVILLE

While only four stores re­main in the out­let cur­rently — Smore Bas­kets & Col­lectibles, G.H. Bass & Co., Jen­nifer’s Sa­lon and a to­bacco/ vape store — it’s about to get even emp­tier.

Ellen Bradley spent her fi­nal day at Smore Bas­kets & Col­lectibles on Thurs­day. The Port De­posit woman said the owner of the shop had al­ready moved much of the mer­chan­dise to a new store in Ohio. Bradley doesn’t know what will be­come of the prop­erty where she has worked the past six years.

“I’ve heard six or seven dif­fer­ent things,” Bradley said, among them ware­houses, stor­age units and an in­dus­trial park.

Bradley ac­knowl­edged that the demise of the mall was ob­vi­ous.

“Foot traf­fic has been fall­ing off for years,” she said. “It’s sad, re­ally sad.”

Cus­tomers walk­ing through the out­lets on Thurs­day were equally sur­prised by how the cen­ter has changed.

Rhete Gold­schmidt was en route from Baltimore back to New Rochelle, N.Y., when she stopped at the cen­ter to shop.

“When I was here last, ev­ery store was taken,” Gold­schmidt said.

Erin Nel­son was equally shocked by the de­cay­ing side­walks and empty store­fronts.

“When we were here years ago there was a mob here,” Nel­son, from Glen Burnie, said.

Nel­son said she was un­aware the mall had so few stores left un­til she pulled off In­ter­state 95.

Bryan St­warka trav­eled from Havre de Grace to take ad­van­tage of the sales at the G.H. Bass & Co. store.

“This is a sad state of af­fairs,” he said as he scanned the prop­erty, not­ing that he liked hav­ing Jos. A. Banks, Bass and OshKosh B’Gosh stores close by. “It was not so much the out­let prices, it was that it was close.”

While cus­tomers may be sad to see the out­let mall di­min­ished, Bradley, of Smore Bas­kets, is ea­ger to be re­tired.

“I have this love af­fair with the cor­ner of my couch,” she said, laugh­ing.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

On her last day at work at Smore Bas­kets in Per­ryville Out­lets, Ellen Bradley rolls the sale sign in front of the store to lure in cus­tomers. The store, one of four left, closes Satur­day.

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