Supply store brings the party to Baltimore-D.C. region

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Card and Party Giant, a Southfield, Mich.-based party-supply retailer, plans to open 10 stores in the Baltimore-Washington area within a year.

The company opened its first 12,000-square-foot store in the area earlier this month at the White Flint Plaza in Rockville. A second location at Rolling Valley Mall in Burke is under construction and is expected to open next month. The company has also signed a third lease at the Frederick Crossing in Frederick.

Officials at the real estate firm KLNB Inc. are currently scanning possible Maryland locations in Germantown, Laurel, Glen Burnie Catonsville, Hunt Valley and Towson. KLNB is also looking at Virginia locations in Bailey’s Crossroads, Fairfax, Kingstowne, Reston and Sterling.

Card and Party Giant is targeting the Washington and Baltimore areas because the retailer believes the area is underserved in the party-supply category. The company was also attracted to the high household income in this market. Chairman and chief executive officer Leonard Zucker said that through the company’s research it has found that the higher household income a market has, the more party supplies they purchase.

The retailer has nearly 50 stores primarily in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania and also plans to expand into the Philadelphia area. Card and Party Giant store, which usually employs about 35 full- and part-time workers, carries approximately 30,000 different items from party supplies, greeting cards, gift wrap and costumes.

UP ALL NIGHT

When 3 a.m. rolls around and you need that extra note pad, pen refill, copies, or even a computer, you’re in luck.

The Staples in Tysons Corner is now open 24 hours a day.

That location is one of 15 Staples stores around the country that will have the all-day and all-night service. The company’s target is small business owners and college student so the company selected Staple stores that were close to college campuses and those that serve dense business populations.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Car Max, the used-car superstore, opened its Rockville store April 7. It will offer more than 250 used cars and trucks and will employ more than 80 workers. Car Max is a subsidiary of Circuit City Stores Inc.

The Corner Bakery Cafe opened Thursday at the Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg. The 120-seat cafe serves daily specialty sandwiches, pastas and salads ranging from $1.75 to $7.95. The Corner Bakery Cafe, which is owned and operated by Brinker International, currently has eight locations in the area.

Part of the Towson Town Center in Towson, Md., has been transformed into a rain forest. The Rainforest Cafe, which has animated wildlife and special effects, opened at the regional mall March 23. The 355-seat restaurant takes up about 18,643 square feet and has a 1,850-square-foot retail space.

The new Sears store at Dulles Town Center officially opened Saturday. The 166,000-square-foot location will employ about 240 people.

WHAT’S IN STORE?

Old Navy is joining the St. Charles Towne Center. The casual clothing retailer, which is a division of Gap Inc., will be located in a 20,500-square-foot store near the Montgomery Ward. The store’s construction is scheduled for June 1999 and is expected to be complete by Fall 1999.

* Donna De Marco can be reached at 202/636-4884.

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