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New Tenants Coming to College Plaza in Rockville

A massage parlor, fast food in the former KFC site are on deck, leasing agent says.

 

College Plaza could be losing an anchor, but it is gaining new tenants.

The future of the Magruder’s, an anchor for the 110,500-square-foot shopping center on Frederick Road in Rockville, is uncertain. Employees of the local supermarket chain said Tuesday they have been told by the store’s corporate office it will close in coming weeks.

Greg Hull, College Plaza’s leasing agent with Combined Properties, which owns the center, said Tuesday he knew nothing of Magruder’s plans.

New businesses are on deck for the center, Hull said.

A spa that practices reflexology techniques is set to move into space adjacent Nails For You and near Asia Taste Jumbo Jumbo Café in the pad site in the center’s parking lot. Asia Taste, which offers Chinese and Taiwanese food at 15192 D Frederick Road, recently expanded.

Last year, Sushi En moved into the space at 15106 C Frederick Road, a pad site fronting Frederick Road formerly occupied by MotoPhoto.

Combined Properties has also been “at the finish line” for the past two months in finalizing a deal to bring a national restaurant offering “fast, casual” dining to the pad site at 15180 Frederick Road formerly occupied by KFC. “There’s no announcement yet,” Hull said.

As for Magruder’s, “We understand that there is a tremendous amount of stress on grocery stores these days,” Hull said. He cited Harris Teeter and Whole Foods Market as competition for mom and pop stores.

“I think there’s always going to be a place for a mom and pop grocery,” he said.

Have you patronized the new stores in College Plaza? What College Plaza stores are your favorites? What would you like to see in the shopping center? Tell us in the comments.

Clarification: Greg Hull said he misspoke when he called one of the new tenants a massage parlor. The new tenant will be a spa that practices reflexology techniques, he said. This article has been revised to reflect the new information. 

Tom Davis January 16, 2013 at 09:20 PM
I believe it was a Grand Union before becoming a Shoppers.
andy January 17, 2013 at 01:30 PM
College Plaza has had an enduring history. The Tile Shop remains one of my favorites. I'd really like to see a low price grocery store occupy the vacating Magruder's space. Price Rite would be an excellent addition to the center. Its produce depot can't be beat. We need stores there that fit the surrounding demographics.
Sean R. Sedam January 18, 2013 at 05:14 PM
MC: I correspondent via email with Mr. Hull, who said he misspoke when he called the new tenant a massage parlor. The new tenant will be a spa that practices reflexology techniques, he said. The article has been revised to reflect the new information. Thanks to Mr. Hull for the clarification.
Mary P January 20, 2013 at 01:01 PM
I would like to see a Wegman's occupy the whole plaza. they are an amazing grocery store!
J Lee Snowden September 20, 2013 at 03:44 AM
I would like to open a center/gently used clothing store where I call it Snowden's Reentergration, providing greatly reduced gently used clothing and furnishings to the newly restarting patrons. My dream is to also included space for volunteer tutors for struggling students and others reentering the job market--this to be accomplished through connections with surrounding students for service hours, as well as using students and part-time staff from the community as well as some underprivileged and retired staff to provide supplemental income. My partners are prepared to stock and provide immediate services to get the non-profit up and running quickly. We already have much of the merchandise to get it off the ground. We will seek some seed money to get off off and running. This seems a need to the immediate area that has a void in services. It feels like the right time to fill that void. As for myself I am a long-time human resources professional. Are there any interested investors? If not this location one between here and silver Spring would be preferable.

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