BALTIMORE - There are just a few weeks left until the first of the more than 20 new shops and restaurants open up at the 325,000-square-square Shops at Canton Crossing on Boston Street.
As construction crews keep building out the $105 million project along 31 acres, so does the excitement over the massive project that is expected to provide an economic boost to the Baltimore area.
The sounds of the final projects being finished up at The Shops at Canton Crossing will soon be replaced by the hustle and bustle of customers and diners shopping and eating at the largest shopping center in the area.
Kim Downes and Jennifer Lew work right next door and say they're a little worried they'll be there a little too much.
“It's cool, but it's kind of disturbing because the stores are so close and so accessible so that means we'll probably be over there a lot spending our money,” Lews joked.
It's not only customers looking forward to these doors opening but also hundreds of job seekers. Mark Sigmund was out of work for three months before finding his new position as a cashier at Target.
“I went to the job fair and I was actually interviewed by like three different people and I was pretty much hired on the spot,” Sigmund said. “They needed a whole bunch of people at this store and I was just excited they accepted me to come work here.”
Just like Sigmund, 98 percent of the nearly 300 new target employees are city residents. Keeping it local doesn't only apply to workers – but also the shops. Developers didn't want to fill the space with only big box stores.
“What we created is a town square that will have a lot of the smaller tenants in it and many of them are local tenants like Mission BBQ, like Jimmy Johns, Samos, people like that,” said Abe Rosenthal, COO of 28 Walker Development. “It was important for us because we are developing in the city, most of our projects are in the city and we wanted to make sure that we gave the city the benefit of this project.”
There is a grand opening for the site coming up, with 70 percent of the stores opening their doors. That is set to take place on Oct. 8.
“When it opens, they said there's going to be a lot of people,” Sigmund said. “It's going to be a madhouse but we're excited. It's going to be a lot of fun.”
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