GLEN BURNIE MALL
Governor Ritchie Highway and East Ordnance Road
Anne Arundel County (Glen Burnie), Maryland

One of the earliest shopping mall projects developed by Youngstown, Ohio's Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation was constructed on a 41.7 acre plot. This was located 7.2 miles south of center city Baltimore, in an unincorporated section of Anne Arundel County known as Glen Burnie.

GLEN BURNIE MALL opened for business in late 1963. The thirty store, single level center was a fully-enclosed, community-sized complex. Its primary anchor was a 2-level (161,100 square foot) Montgomery Ward. A G.C. Murphy 5 & 10 held its grand opening January 30, 1964.

Charter tenants included M & S Furniture, Hallmark Cards, Parklane Hosiery, Cushner's men's wear, Radio Shack, the First Lady Beauty Salon, Lamp Post Restaurant and an A & P supermarket. The Broumas Theatres Glen Burnie Mall Theatre presented its first feature January 15, 1964.

The mall's second anchor, a 1-level (94,800 square foot), Topps Discount City (a division of New York City-based Interstate Stores) was dedicated March 17, 1969. This store was shuttered in late 1974. Soon after, it re-opened as a Toys "R" Us (another division of Interstate Stores).

The earliest retail rivals of GLEN BURNIE MALL were located in Anne Arundel County and also fronted on Governor Ritchie Highway. The first, HARUNDALE MALL {2.5 miles south}, had opened in 1958. MARLEY STATION MALL {3.3 miles south}, came along in 1988.

A fire had raged through the north end of GLEN BURNIE MALL on October 24, 1981. The center, except for Montgomery Ward, was closed while a 3 million dollar renovation could be completed. The shopping center re-opened in November of 1982.

Toys "R" Us had been downsized into the eastern half of its original space, now occupying 47,500 square feet. The western section was now leased as a (47,200 square foot), Baltimore-based Epstein's department store. This lasted until January 1991. The space sat vacant until November 1994, when it was retenanted by Richfield, Minnesota-based Best Buy.

A & P, which had been reconfigured as an A & P Plus discount grocery, was shuttered in September 1983. Apparently, the G.C. Murphy at GLEN BURNIE MALL was in operation until the mid-1990s. It was shuttered, demolished and replaced by Dick's Sporting Goods. This 1-level (60,800 square foot) store held its grand opening in October 1995. Montgomery Ward went dark in March 2001. Its space was used for a Sticks 'n Stuff Furniture for 2 years.

The mall was acquired by Annapolis-based Petrie Ross Ventures in August 2002. A large scale redevelopment was announced in mid-2003. Demolition commenced in August. A 1-level (123,700 square foot) Target was built in place of A & P, and held its grand opening in October 2004.

A block of thirteen inline stores replaced a razed Ward's building. The rest of the mall was given a complete makeover, with many stores reoriented with outside entrances. The newly-renovated shopping center, now known as CENTRE AT GLEN BURNIE, was dedicated in the summer of 2005. The complex encompassed 428,300 leasable square feet, with forty-six retail spaces.

A major vacancy was created when Best Buy moved out, in January of 2010. The store relocated into the CHESAPEAKE SQUARE strip center (across Governor Ritchie Highway); re-opening January 30, 2010.

The vacant CENTRE AT GLEN BURNIE space was divided into two stores. A (30,300 square foot), Indianapolis-based hhgregg began business May 6, 2010, followed by an (18,000 square foot), Boca Raton-based Office Depot. This store was dedicated November 10 of the same year. Dick's Sporting goods shut down in 2013. The store space was never re-leased.

Petrie Ross Ventures morphed into a new entity, known as Petrie Richardson Ventures, in January 2015. They relinquished ownership of CENTRE AT GLEN BURNIE. The partially vacant shopping hub was acquired by a division of Greenwich, Connecticut's Starwood Property Trust in March 2016.

A demalling renovation was proposed, that would raze the vacant Dick's structure and eastern half of the mall proper. The Toys "R" Us-hhgregg-Office Depot and Target buildings would remain intact along with the mall's western inline store section. A new megaplex cinema would be built on space previously occupied by Dick's.

If all goes as planned, the new, entirely open-air, CENTRE AT GLEN BURNIE will be dedicated sometime in 2018.

Sources:

www.petrieross.com
www.cinematreaures.org
Anne Arundel County, Maryland tax assessor website
www.aacounty.org
"Centre At Glen Burnie" article on Wikipedia
goodmanproperties.org