College Plaza could be losing an anchor, but it is gaining new tenants.
The future of the Magruder’s, an anchor for the 110,500-square-foot shopping center on Frederick Road in Rockville, is uncertain. Employees of the local supermarket chain said Tuesday they have been told by the store’s corporate office it will close in coming weeks.
Greg Hull, College Plaza’s leasing agent with Combined Properties, which owns the center, said Tuesday he knew nothing of Magruder’s plans.
New businesses are on deck for the center, Hull said.
A spa that practices reflexology techniques is set to move into space adjacent Nails For You and near Asia Taste Jumbo Jumbo Café in the pad site in the center’s parking lot. Asia Taste, which offers Chinese and Taiwanese food at 15192 D Frederick Road, recently expanded.
Last year, Sushi En moved into the space at 15106 C Frederick Road, a pad site fronting Frederick Road formerly occupied by MotoPhoto.
Combined Properties has also been “at the finish line” for the past two months in finalizing a deal to bring a national restaurant offering “fast, casual” dining to the pad site at 15180 Frederick Road formerly occupied by KFC. “There’s no announcement yet,” Hull said.
As for Magruder’s, “We understand that there is a tremendous amount of stress on grocery stores these days,” Hull said. He cited Harris Teeter and Whole Foods Market as competition for mom and pop stores.
“I think there’s always going to be a place for a mom and pop grocery,” he said.
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Clarification: Greg Hull said he misspoke when he called one of the new tenants a massage parlor. The new tenant will be a spa that practices reflexology techniques, he said. This article has been revised to reflect the new information.