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Lotte Plaza Slated to Open in Catonsville in November

Work has started at the former Toys "R" Us location on Baltimore National Pike.

Work has started in the old Toys "R" Us property at One Mile West Shopping Center to make way for Lotte Plaza.

But despite an intial , company officials said Monday that they won't open until November.

Lotte Plaza is an international market that primarily sells Asian food and products. In March they announced the lease for the 46,000-square-foot retail space that had been occupied by Toys "R" Us on Baltimore National Pike.

The Fedder Company owns One Mile West Shopping Center.

Mikey Shin, a manager of the company, said Monday that the company hopes to have the renovations completed for the space by the first week of November.

Lotte Plaza also has stores in Ellicott City, Germantown and Silver Spring.

On the other side of Baltimore National Pike in Pike Park Plaza South Shopping Center, an Aldi grocery store is slated to move in by the .

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Pattie Gerlach Archuleta August 14, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Another Asian market? Another discount market? Ugh...you would think the home prices in Catonsville would indicate a demographic profile that would support a natural foods market. My Organic Market, where are you?!?
Penny Riordan August 14, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Pattie a lot of other readers were with you when we wrote about Aldi a few weeks ago: http://catonsville.patch.com/articles/aldi-grocery-store-has-tentative-opening-date. Check out the comments.
Lindz August 14, 2012 at 02:29 AM
And there's another Lotte 4 miles down 40! Really?!? Guess we'll continue to drive to Columbia, Ellicott City and Elkridge to shop. So disappointing
LeNora Clampitt August 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Amazing.....that's all can think of......I guess we will continue to go to Howard County for the majority of our shopping trips, so disappointed!!
Geoffrey Atkinson August 14, 2012 at 02:01 PM
How many folks complaining about Rt 40 grocery stores have "PromeNOT" signs in their yards?
Kate August 14, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Seriously...where is the Trader Joes? It's inexpensive, and has organic food.
Penny Riordan August 14, 2012 at 03:45 PM
After writing this story and the one Aldi (see link above), I'm beginning to believe that more than 50 percent of Catonsville wants a Trader Joe's. I too would love to have one closer to home, but there are three within 15-20 miles of here. I doubt that they are expanding at such a level that they would add a fourth...? Anyone else? I'll try to look into their business model more for a separate story.
Kate August 14, 2012 at 03:53 PM
If aldi owns trader joes, then maybe they should do a dual grocery store. then there would be no competition.
CerahAnd August 14, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Or, if the Promenade promised a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, other fancy food store, how many people would rip those signs out of their front yard? And how many of these TJ-enthusiasts have patronized Treuth's? On a seperate note, it does seem silly that Lotte would add another store so close. Will they be closing the Ellicott City location?
Denise Avara August 14, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Trader Joe's is my vote....the Lotte plaza stores are grosse...the one in Ellicott City had some issues with rodents...why do we always have to go to Columbia or up to Reisterstown road to shop at a store that is affordable and has fresh food? We got a Mercedes dealership in Catonsville for petes sake...why not a Trader Joe's...very disappointing...the Toys R Us was at least useful for those of us with children....
Penny Riordan August 14, 2012 at 08:51 PM
CerahAnd to answer your question, they will not be closing the Ellicott City Lotte Plaza when they open to Catonsville. That's what the company told me when I did the initial article back in March.
Lindz August 15, 2012 at 01:08 AM
FYI- in response to CerahAnd's question above, we are TJ's AND Treuth's enthusiasts. We even frequent H Mart. Guess I just didn't realize there was such a high demand for Asian markets in the area.
A.R. August 15, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I've been going to Wegmans. It's pretty cool. What I really want is a Whole Foods over here though. There might be one coming to Columbia Mall? But it would have been nice to have that in Catonsville. This household also uses Treuth's. For years. They are awesome. Even get bones for the dogs from them.
Penny Riordan August 15, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Here's the most recent story about Whole Foods coming to Columbia, courtesy of Columbia Patch: http://columbia.patch.com/articles/whole-foods-reports-signing-lease-in-columbia
Catonsville Cooperative Market August 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM
From all the recent comments concerning Aldi and Lotte, it seems there is plenty of support for a market offering sustainable and affordable, local and organic products, right here in the heart of Catonsville.That's what the grassroots effort of Catonsville Cooperative Market is all about.Co-ops look like any other business, they provide products just as conventional businesses do.What makes co-op membership different from other club-like stores, like Costco, for example, is that the members of the co-op are also the owners.As an owner, in addition to getting the products you need and access to great deals, you also get to participate in the co-op by voting in board of directors’ elections and sharing your input.Rather than rewarding outside investors with its profits, a co-op returns surplus revenue to its owners in proportion to how much they use the co-op, in the form of patronage dividends.This democratic approach to business results in a powerful economic force that benefits the co-op, its owners, and the community it serves. Cooperation is defined as working together toward the same end and joining forces to accomplish a task that one can’t achieve alone. Co-ops give you the opportunity to get the products you need on a daily basis while strengthening the community around you. In our case, we plan to purchase as many products from local farmers and other local businesses as possible. Please check us out and get involved. wwww.catonsvillecooperativemarket.com

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