Frederick Towne Mall

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Frederick Towne Center
Frederick Towne Mall Main Entrance.jpg
LocationFrederick, Maryland, United States
Coordinates39°25′12″N 77°27′19″W / 39.42000°N 77.45528°W / 39.42000; -77.45528Coordinates: 39°25′12″N 77°27′19″W / 39.42000°N 77.45528°W / 39.42000; -77.45528
Opening date1972
Closing dateApril 2013
OwnerLYNK Capital
No. of stores and services0 (20 vacant)
No. of anchor tenants3 (1 vacant)
No. of floors1 (2 in Boscov's)
Public transit accessBus transport TransIT bus: 10, 40, 50, 51, 80

Frederick Towne Mall was a mall located in Frederick, Maryland, United States. The mall opened in 1972 on U.S. Route 40 along the "Golden Mile".[1] It was closed in April 2013, except for two anchor stores, Boscov's and Home Depot. In November 2019 it was announced that the mall would be renamed District 40 and would become an entertainment center with a movie theater, trampoline park, video arcade, go-karts and a bowling alley.

History[edit]

The mall opened in 1972 on U.S. Route 40 along the "Golden Mile".[1] The mall had anchor stores JCPenney, Gentleman's Choice, Eyerly's, McCrory's, and Montgomery Ward, as well as a Hoyts cinema.

The area surrounding the mall eventually intensified with low income housing, as did violent crime in the surrounding area. After a series of well-publicized events earned the mall a reputation for crime and frequent fights, mall tenants began relocating to a safer retail district across the city near the competing Francis Scott Key Mall, which opened in 1978.[2]

The Montgomery Ward store closed in 2001 due to bankruptcy and later to be replaced in 2004 by The Home Depot.[2] Also a year later, JcPenney relocates to Francis Scott Key Mall and it was replaced by Boscov's. In 2005, Gentlemen's Choice, the last remaining original tenant, moved out.[3]

In 2006, proposals were made to redevelop the mall into a mixed use site.[4] However, by 2009, economic issues caused by the Great Recession ended the possibility of mixed use redevelopment for the time.[5]

By 2007, the reputation for crime the mall gained increased, as a woman was attacked and beaten while exiting the Bon-Ton department store. This reputation would only grow further when the Hoyts Cinemas 10 was closed in 2008 after a man was stabbed to death inside. Because of this, Frederick residents relocated their dollars to the safer side of town, near the Francis Scott Key Mall.

In November 2010, it was announced that the Bon-Ton store and their furniture gallery would be closing within the next few months. They closed in January 2011, leaving the mall without any original anchor stores. In April 2013, the John's Hallmark store closed its doors; it was the last store to leave the interior of the mall. The two anchor stores, Boscov's and The Home Depot, located at either end remained.

In 2014, just a year after the closure of the mall, three men were charged with burglary and trespassing after breaking into the mall by prying one of its doors. Officers went inside and arrested the three men. Their motive for breaking into the mall remains unclear.[6]

Since 2015, the land has been planned for redevelopment.[7] In 2016, work started on a redevelopment called Frederick Towne Center. Boscov's and Home Depot will be kept and the mall in between demolished. The new site plan would include a Walmart of size 155,000-square-foot.[8] In September of that year, however, Walmart cancelled their plans for redevelopment.

Shortly afterwards, the owner of the property considered selling the mall. On November 23, 2016, there was an auction for the site between December 6 to 8 with a starting bid of $2.5 million.[9] On February 24, 2017, the property was sold to LYNK Capital, headed by urologist Mohammed Mohiuddin.[10]

As of 2018 many For Lease signs can be seen around the building. A Warehouse cinemas is slated to open on the former Hoyts Cinemas side of the mall with a signed lease and the mall being cleaned up, although it has been several months since any work has been done and lease signs have reappeared on the Hoyts anchor building.[11] Rumor from surrounding stores has been that the mall may eventually reopen with new tenants.[citation needed]

District 40[edit]

On November 11, 2019 it was officially announced that the mall was being renamed District 40 and would be turned into a premier entertainment center with go-karts, a video arcade, a bowling alley and a trampoline park. Warehouse Cinemas would be the first tenant and was expected to open in the summer of 2020. According to the report, Home Depot, which is connected to the old mall, is technically not included in the property and Boscov’s still has a lease, but no further details were disclosed about the future of the store. [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Heidenrich, Chris. Frederick: Local and National Crossroads. p. 145. ISBN 9781439614068. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Frederick Towne Mall; Frederick, Maryland - Labelscar: The Retail History Blog". 3 September 2010.
  3. ^ Staff, Ed Waters, Jr. News-Post. "Last original Frederick Towne Mall tenant relocates".
  4. ^ "Changes may be in store along Golden Mile - The Frederick News-Post Online". 11 February 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Mall redevelopment plans plagued by weak economy - The Frederick News-Post Online". 2010-03-09. Archived from the original on 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2017-04-25.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ Press, The Associated. "3 arrested for breaking into abandoned Frederick Towne Mall in Maryland". WJLA. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  7. ^ "Shopping center planned for Frederick Towne Mall site looking for tenants". The Frederick News Post. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  8. ^ pjones@newspost.com, Paige Jones. "Work at Frederick Towne Mall progresses behind closed doors".
  9. ^ "Frederick Towne Mall for sale in online auction". The Frederick News Post. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  10. ^ mpanuska@newspost.com, Mallory Panuska. "Frederick Towne Mall site sells for more than $6 million". The Frederick News-Post. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  11. ^ https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/economy_and_business/real_estate_and_development/warehouse-cinemas-still-planned-for-frederick-towne-mall-site/article_f79aa0d4-3f7e-55dd-b722-92c42a67cc41.htmlThe Frederick News Post'Aug 7 2018'
  12. ^ "Frederick Towne Mall site renamed 'District 40,' will become entertainment center". The Frederick News-Post. Retrieved 2019-11-11.

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