Residents in downtown Baltimore are getting excited as many of the stores at the new Shops at Canton Crossing get set to open in Canton this week.
The more than 325,000-square-foot shopping center along Boston Street is set to open at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday as city leaders and developers hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The highly anticipated shops that will open in the coming days include Target, Michael’s, DSW, Old Navy, Ulta Beauty, Loft, a Vitamin Shoppe and a Five Below.
Several restaurants are set to officially open as well, including Mission BBQ, Red Robin, Samos Greek Island Grill and Yogi Castle. Other retail stores include Sleepy’s, AT&T, Nail Trix and Fresh Cleaners.
Jimmy Johnâ€™s, My Eye Dr, Hair Cuttery and BB&T Bank will open in the coming weeks, and a Harris Teeter grocery store, Chick-fil-A, Farmstead Grill and Farmstead Shack are set to open in the first six months of 2014.
Many throughout the city are excited to have big retailers like Target, DSW and Harris Teeter near their homes.
“We understood that the pace of new retail offerings in Baltimore was far behind the residential growth of the past two decades,” explained Mark Sapperstein, of 28 Walker Development. “We focused on attracting compelling retailers and restaurants that lack a presence in downtown Baltimore, in an effort to shift shopping patterns and habits to Baltimoreâ€™s downtown.”
Developers and city officials said the shopping center was designed around the growing mix of singles, young families and empty-nesters that are moving into the downtown area.
“We have received constant feedback from area residents that shopping close to home instead of traveling to the suburbs will greatly improve their quality of life,” said Neil Tucker of Chesapeake Real Estate Group.
City officials said the project cost more than $105 million, employed more than 700 people during construction and is expected to offer more than 1,000 permanent jobs to city residents.