Marlow Heights Shopping Center
The Marlow Heights Shopping Center is an open air shopping complex located in Marlow Heights, Maryland, on Branch Avenue (Maryland Route 5) at St. Barnabas Road (Maryland Route 414), and is positioned just south of Iverson Mall.
The 28,000-square-foot (2,600 m2) Giant Food store opened at the $10 million shopping center on 36 acres (150,000 m2) with 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) of store space, on September 16, 1957. At the time it opened it was the largest and most expensive shopping center in the Washington, D.C. area.
On August 29, 1960, Maryland Gov J. Millard Tawes opened the Hecht Company's new $4.5 million, 168,000-square-foot (15,600 m2) store. This was the fifth Hecht Company store to open in the Washington, D.C. area. This addition to the original center expanded the site to 41 acres (170,000 m2). Smaller shops included a Bond Stores outlet.
Anchors and major retailers
- "37th Giant Store Opens On Monday," The Washington Post and Times Herald, Sep 14, 1957, p. B7
- "Marlow Heights Shop Center Nears Start of Construction," The Washington Post and Times Herald, Jul 21, 1956, p. 35.
- "Hecht's to Open 5th Area Store," by Frank C. Porter, The Washington Post, Times Herald, Aug 28, 1960, p. B6.
- "New Hecht Store Opens in Suburbs," by Marie Smith, The Washington Post, Times Herald, Aug 30, 1960, p. B6.
- "Capital Commerce," by S. Oliver Goodman, The Washington Post, Times Herald, Apr 30, 1960, p. B18.
- "Last Taste of a Tradition; In Marlow Heights, Hot Shoppes Closes Its Doors and an Era," The Washington Post, December 3, 1999, by DeNeen L. Brown.
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