U-Haul to oc­cupy for­mer K-Mart

Self-stor­age com­ing to Col­gate

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By NI­COLE ROD­MAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

U-Haul is in talks to take over the for­mer Kmart build­ing on North Point Boule­vard in Col­gate. If all goes ac­cord­ing to plan, the build­ing will be­come a self­s­tor­age fa­cil­ity.

The Kmart, which opened in the 95,000-square-foot lo­ca­tion in 1974, closed this past April.

The store is lo­cated in the North Point Mall shop­ping cen­ter, which was ac­quired by Pikesville-based Amer­ica’s Realty LLC in July 2016 for $3.3 mil­lion.

The shop­ping cen­ter also in­cludes a Family Dol­lar store, which opened last De­cem­ber, Niko’s Pizza, Mega Gro­cery and Marker, Ad­vance Auto Parts and a Sudsville laun­dro­mat.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Amer­ica’s Realty were not avail­able for im­me­di­ate com­ment.

For her part, Donna Metlin, pres­i­dent of the Col­gate Im­prove­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment in the news that U-Haul would be mov­ing into the space once oc­cu­pied by Kmart.

“This re­ally doesn’t do any­thing for us,” she said, not­ing that she has been lob­by­ing for a phar­macy to come to the area. Right now, she noted, Col­gate does not have a phar­macy within walk­ing dis­tance of the com­mu­nity.

She is also dis­ap­pointed that the prop­erty owner, Amer­i­cas Realty, will not al­low the as­so­ci­a­tion to use space on the park­ing lfor their an­nual Dump­ster Day in Oc­to­ber.

In years past, she ex­plained, Kmart would al­low the com­mu­nity group to host the event on their park­ing lot.

“Kmart was good to us,” she said, adding, “They were re­ally part of the com­mu­nity.”

In a state­ment to the Ea­gle, U-Haul de­clined to pro­vide de­tails on the new lo­ca­tion, not­ing that the deal is not yet fi­nal.

“At this point we are wait­ing to close on the prop­erty be­fore we can of­fer a com­ment,” said spokesper­son An­drea Batch­e­lor.

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A U-Haul Self Stor­age fa­cil­ity is slated to oc­cupy the for­mer Kmart in Col­gate.

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