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Fidler Defends Panera, Names More Potential Wegmans Neighbors

Ralph Lauren and Coal Fired Pizza are among the retailers that could be in Phase II of the Boulevard at Box Hill.

s, Shack, Bread and Bank are just the first phase of the Boulevard at Box Hill. But the site's leasing agent said choices are already being narrowed for the second phase.

In a comment on Bel Air Patch, Tom Fidler said a number of stores and restaurants could be tenants in Abingdon's newest shopping center. They include P.F. Changs, Carrabas and Ann Taylor Loft. (For the full list, see his comment below.)

Fidler also defended the , despite on Bel Air Patch's Facebook page.

"[T]his is one of the nation's top casual dining retailers. Panera Bread is planning to construct its new 'cafe' concept that provides for more outdoor seating and a larger interior layout," Fidler wrote. "We are excited to have Panera as part of the Blvd. at Box Hill; they bring a great concept and menu to the project."

He also asked that residents continue to send him feedback, as he .

Here is Fidler's full comment:

Good morning bloggers. A few responses for you. First, Home Goods and DSW are taking over the former Weiss Market location. Construction has begun and both tenants are projected to open this Fall. Second, with regards to Panera Bread, this is one of the nation's top casual dining retailers. Panera Bread is planning to construct its new "cafe'" concept that provides for more outdoor seating and a larger interior layout. We are excited to have Panera as part of the Blvd. at Box Hill; they bring a great concept and menu to the project.

Next, a general update on our progress with the planning of Phase II at the Boulevard at Box Hill. During the ICSC Spring Convention in late May (International Council of Shopping Centers) we were able to meet with many incredible national retailers for this next phase. Following many of the recommendations from your emails to me, we were able to get one on one meetings and pitch the project for consideration. I have a running list of potential retailers such as Anne Taylor Loft, Soma, Black House/White Market, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Off Broadway Shoes, Ralph Lauren, Casual Male, Sephora, PF Changs, Carrabas, Cosi, Coal Fired Pizza Grill, several Asian Fusion Restaurants, and a few dessert type tenants. Signifigantly, we will be announcing the anchor tenant for Phase II later this summer; site planning and review are underway now. Keep the ideas coming, and thanks.

Tom Fidler 
MacKenzie Retail

Mike P July 20, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Talk to Seasons 52. Great new restaurant with delicious healthy food. It would do great here. They are a part of the Capital Grill and Bahama Breeze. No macaroni grill, Bring in Maggianos instead much better!
Brad Gerick July 27, 2011 at 05:34 PM
I'm in the Festival Panera Bread right now, and I have to say, there are enough unseated customers here to keep another Panera busy, and it would still be crowded. Not that I wouldn't like to see a different business, but I don't think the other one is going to struggle. -BG
Jessie Harrison July 29, 2011 at 06:32 PM
What about Cheesecake Factory! We need one in Harford County. Towson is the nearest one.
Karen Weidinger Woolsey July 31, 2011 at 11:16 PM
I would love to see a COSTCO in Harford County too!!
diane August 01, 2011 at 08:34 PM
My vote goes to Texas roadhouse. There is nothing like it nearby. Love it!!! Diane smith
Brent August 01, 2011 at 10:04 PM
It still would be nice to see it elsewhere. Either closer to the Edgewood area of APG, or Forest Hill, or in Havre de Grace. Especially the latter, chain restaurants are one thing we're sorely lacking; there isn't an abundance of choice for anyone who wants [good] food fast.
Brent August 01, 2011 at 10:06 PM
Because three within an hour's drive is not nearly enough.
S.C. August 03, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Missing a lot of things that were close in NJ, so foodwise I'd love to see: Legal Seafoods, Cosi (instead of another Panera), California Pizza Kitchen, McCormick & Schmicks, PF Changs, a good sushi place, Macaroni Grill, a good korean bbq place, a good vietnamese/pho place, a good chinese restaurant Stores: Container Store, Crate & Barrel, Anthropologie, REI, Gap, Banana Republic, JCrew
S.C. August 03, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Please name some of these great local dining and shopping places that are supposedly nearby. (I've only been here a year =) ) Also I don't think most local shops/eateries could afford new constructions, so might as well get some good chains in.
J Mox August 04, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Texas Roadhouse!
Deanna August 15, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Coach Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour Store (would be AMAZING) , Noodles and Company, Border Cafe (closest one is christiana, amazing and inexpensive tex-mex food), BEBE, BCBG. Just please something nicer than the stores in the festival.
Leroy Smith August 20, 2011 at 11:35 AM
You say you want a good restaurant. Would you believe Gino's? They are re=opening Gino's Hamburgers. There is one in Towson which my wife, my son and I went to last night (Friday). It is the same Gino Marchetti restaurant we went to thirty or forty years ago. Of course the prices are higher then they were back then. It is the same tasty hamburgers and fries, only better because it is served in a real restaurant type atmosphere including real "silverware," not plastic. There is one planned to open in Perryhall sometime in 2012. They already have on in King of Prussia, PA which is where their corporate office was originally. Also they sell chicken, though not KFC as they used to sell.
Amy August 20, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Mad Mex would be the perfect addition to this area. A restaurant with great food and atmosphere with lots of character! http://www.madmex.com/choose.html
Will N. September 16, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Why isn't any of this happening in Havre de Grace?
Jeff September 19, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Why no Sam's or Walmart but Costco is OK? Doesn't Walmart have the zoning in place already to build @ Plumtree? Lots of people complain but Walmart, but lots of these same people shop there, so why do you complain? Why would Costco want to a duplicate store 15 minutes from their store in White Marsh on 40? Everyone wants local, but then they all shop & want national. If you wanted the local guy, why can't you travel to downtown Bel Air, Aberdeen or HdG? Did you ever stop to think the rent may be too outragous for the local guy in these new mega centers? Did anyone protest Wegman's moving where they built, or do we just have selective protests against retailers?
Lynn Fowler September 23, 2011 at 02:29 PM
I say leave Walmart where it is. and I support local eateries & stores!!!
Sonja September 24, 2011 at 04:26 PM
The last thing I want to see is a bank or Wlagreens/Rite Aid. One on every corner. Who still goes to a bank anyway? After you open up your account you never go back. Wasted real estate. Why cant we get some decent bands/clubs here. Bring on the music. Americans are already fat enough.
muse September 26, 2011 at 07:05 PM
no one from delaware south knows what a bagel is supposed taste like: wegman's makes a real bagel. panera is like a roll with a hole in it.
Tessa September 30, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel and Container Store!!!! Food: Yogurt self-serve and a Chicken Out. Another Wal-Mart is an atrocity....just like all of the pharmacies on every corner. Honestly, HONESTLY...is that necessary??
Wende Peddicord September 30, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Wow. Some really great suggestions. I hope the area is kept a little more upsCale. That's what HC is missing. We have mostly lower quality and if you do want something nice like Ralph Lauren etc you have to go out of the county. May not be a local vendor BUT it will still help HC employment! Also we have an EXCELLENT Italian restaurtant on RT 40, Primavera. Can't see Olive garden too. Panera Bread AGAIN?! Go with variety
muse September 30, 2011 at 08:13 PM
i'm looking forward to the Home Goods and DSW --- the HC mall is really not even worth going to. As far as food goes: How about a Chicken Holiday ?
Nicole Meekins Adams October 05, 2011 at 07:27 PM
I think the high end retail stores would be a bad idea. People around here will not shop them!
Local Bee October 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM
Agree high end retail is not practicle, need some local's. Seem to be lots of sit down restraunts, need some new fast casual. How about Jakes Wayback burgers, they better then Gino's...great milk shakes and onion rings, burgers better the Five Guys and have more variety.
JRock February 04, 2012 at 01:07 AM
I say upscale or non chain type restaurants. Do we really need more microwaved meals like Carrabas, Macaroni Grill, Fridays, etc? If they sell their food in the frozen section of the grocery store then they microwave your food at the restaurant. How about a place that serves fresh healthy food?
Kristy July 07, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Cheesecake Factory, Noodles and Co., Pei Wei
Kristy July 07, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Love this idea!
Kristy July 07, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Melting Pot!!
jmanzanares July 17, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Noodle and Co is overdue in the Harford County Area. Maybe Su Casa furniture store? A great pet boutique/store like Bark would be a nice addition . Keep it a little more mid- upscale as to the retailers so the area doesn't get brought down.
Bryan Smith October 07, 2012 at 02:37 AM
There's a Jake's WayBack Burger going in at the Festival.
Jaycee Ramos October 12, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I don't think HC peeps can actually afford all these upscale shops they are suggesting. They can't even leave a decent tip for the waiters/servers on regular diners! Cheapos trying to be classy, aren't we?

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