Visions for Vacancies: Marlin & Ray's

What would you like to see in this commercial vacancy in Bel Air?

Marlin & Rays permanently closed its doors in January, prompting speculation from the community about what would fill the vacancy.

The restaurant replaced Ruby Tuesday, but closed after less than four months in business.

The now-empty restaurant is located at 593 Baltimore Pike on a 31,636 square foot lot, according to online property records. It was first built in 1993, but recently underwent renovations.

What business do you think would be a good fit for this commercial property? Tell us in the comments.

Bonnie Frazier February 11, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Olive Garden!!
mbgd6 February 11, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Farmers market would be perfect!!!!! If not Tader Joes or Whole Foods would be nice.
Tayler February 11, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Cheesecake factory
Annabelle February 15, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Avalanche Mom said it best. The 4% vacancy rate for commercial space in Harford County is the second lowest in the state of Maryland. When there are more tenant prospects in a market than there is available space, Landlord's up their asking rents. Why? Because they can. Supply and demand, folks. This space will most certainly be backfilled with another national restaurant chain for the following two reasons: National restaurant chains pay a boat load more in rent than traditional, soft-good retailers, and, people in Harford County, especially Bel Air, LOVE to eat out. Won't, and can't be, a grocery store/farmers market because I'm sure Mars has an exclusive on the use. Can't be pizza either, because of Slices Pizzeria. Will never be a soul food restaurant because demographics don't support it - and unless oak trees pay $200,000 a year in ground rent, keep dreaming.
Michael Gerst March 21, 2013 at 03:45 AM
We need a good 24 hour diner. Double t is too expensive and put limits on refills. One free refill on coffee! Are you kidding me?! If not a diner maybe a Denny's, still miss the fallston one.


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