The land parcel had also been used as the Parole Hunt Club, a half-mile horse racing track. This facility was in operation between 1940 and 1957. As a matter of fact, the first recorded horse race in Maryland had taken place at the Parole parcel, in May 1743.
The first major defection was done by Kmart, who pulled their proverbial plug in May 1995. This store closing was followed by the demise of Magruder's supermarket (who had leased the Pantry Pride space after that store was shuttered, on August 15, 1981). Woodward & Lothrop went dark on November 10, 1995.
Demolition of PAROLE PLAZA got underway in July 2005. The groundbreaking for the new lifestyle center took place in December of the same year. The first group of tenants opened October 12, 2008. These included a 1-level (140,000 square foot) Target and inline stores such as Coldwater Creek, Lucy Activewear, P.F. Chang's China Bistro and Great Gatherings.
The ANNAPOLIS TOWNE CENTRE (AT PAROLE) tenant list now included a (42,500 square foot) Bed, Bath & Beyond and (75,000 square foot) Whole Foods Market. Other new stores and services were LA Fitness, Sur La Table, Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers, J. Jill, Gordon Biersch and Metro Silver Diner.
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