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Former C-Mart Gets Facelift, New Tenant

A Gavigan's furniture will soon fill the vacant building.

Gavigan's Furniture is coming to Forest Hill as early as August, filling the building that used to house C-Mart

A Gavigan's employee confirmed the store will be opening at that location as early as August or September. The new tenant is bringing a facelift to the building, which has fallen into disarray over the years.

The building is located at 1503 Rock Spring Road, just over the line dividing Bel Air and Forest Hill, and for years was occupied by the discount store C-Mart.

In 2008, the store went out of business, according to a story on TheDailyRecord.com. A long succession of business has followed C-Mart including discount retail and auction house The Big TARP, a flea market and most recently DJ's Liquidation.

In May, Gavingan's Furniture was issued a tenant and occupancy permit that covers modifications to the building, according to Harford County Planning and Zoning.

There have been obvious changes made to the outside of the building and the updates are catching the attention of local residents.

Four people submitted questions to Patch this week alone asking about the building's future.

The C-Mart logo has been covered by a fresh coat of paint and scaffolding lines the front and side of the building in preparation for installation of a new facade.

Have you noticed the changes to the former C-Mart? Do you feel Gavigan's Furniture is a good fit for that shopping center? Leave a comment.

John Citzen June 29, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Any news on the Room Store in the Festival going out of buisness??? Seems like all of a sudden.
Karen Litz June 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Yes, we've noticed. Anything is an improvement over that run down C Mart building!
Leslie Faber June 30, 2012 at 11:14 AM
I agree....the bldg needed improvement.....but another furniture store?
Susan G. June 30, 2012 at 12:04 PM
I was hoping for Panera
Lori June 30, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Any improvement is good but I was hoping for Traders Joes.
momof3boysj June 30, 2012 at 02:26 PM
was suspicious that was the case having seen a Gavigan's truck outside the building
foresthill77 June 30, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Can't say a furniture store is my choice but anything that will improve that long standing eyesore is welcome in my book!
JustiNotherWarmBody July 01, 2012 at 03:29 AM
I bought most all of my furniture from the Gavigan's Dundalk store.The Gavigan's are a very nice family and they sell nice furniture.When I decide to replace my current furniture,that will be the first store I will visit.
terry byrum July 01, 2012 at 12:41 PM
just what we DON'T NEED another furniture store....get real how often do you purchase furniture....every 10 or so years.....well may next time...a better store...
SMA parent July 02, 2012 at 11:56 AM
There is a wonderful natural food market right behind this building-David's Natural Market! If you like Trader Joes, you should really check this out.
Terry July 02, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I sure hope they don't sell junk furniture like Room Store did and like Ashley Furniture. That junk doesn't last......
Wings July 02, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Yes we need a Panera this direction indeed.
Wings July 02, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Terry you left out Value City furniture, yea they are all horrible places to buy furniture. It would be nice to have a place that sells sturdy furniture at a reasonable price, Maybe this is the store.
know your role July 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I've had RoomStore Furniture for years (one of their more expensive packages) and it has been fantastic... Not sure I believe in the posts that it doesnt last.
Terry July 19, 2012 at 01:54 PM
My 15month old furniture from Room Store is falling apart........ You sit on the chaise & you sink in & this is in a hardly used room. Room Store now says to file a claim like all other creditors......& here's a new one for you......bought a new counter-height table & chair set from Ashley when they opened last November. Salesperson told me their products are made in America because we asked that question. Guess what - the tags on the stuff said "made in China"........I like it but hope it lasts.......
Karl Schuub July 19, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Davids is great - all sorts of vitamins and supplements, but also carry organics, both fresh and packaged. It's sort of hidden back behind the frontage on 924...I kinda stumbled on it trying to turn around one day and have gone there ever since.
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