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  • New retail spaces coming to Camden

  • CR plaza, at the corner of U.S. Route 13 and Camden-Wyoming Avenue, has become a popular site for development. A new Redner’s Warehouse Market opened on the site just months ago and now cinderblock walls and steel beams are in place for a new project.
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  • THE PROJECT
    CR plaza, at the corner of U.S. Route 13 and Camden-Wyoming Avenue, has become a popular site for development. A new Redner’s Warehouse Market opened on the site just months ago and now cinderblock walls and steel beams are in place for a new project.
    Two separate buildings are currently under construction, which will house five storefronts − four in one building and one in the other building. Together, the space totals roughly 12,000 square feet, according to Danny Shaub of Dreamwerks LLC, the firm constructing the buildings. The property is being developed by The Onix Group, the same company in charge of the Redner’s development.
    “Our organization acquired the property in 2011 and, at that time, the two-building configuration had already been approved by both the town [of Camden] and the Historic Society,” said Marisa Erdman, vice president of marketing for The Onix Group. “For the intended uses of the site the design works, so it made sense to continue with the approved design.”
    WHAT’S TO COME?
    Two retailers have been confirmed for the spaces, which are due to be complete in early September. A Chinese restaurant will occupy one space and a hair salon will occupy another, according to Dean Pletz, vice president of real estate with The Onix Group.
    Erdman said there are numerous benefits of the new shops.
    “There are many benefits to the Town of Camden, such as the new grocery store option that has been provided,” Erdman said. “Complementary retail uses such as the hair salon and restaurants will provide more options for local shoppers and increased convenience. The development of the new shops provides additional economic benefits including permanent new job creation and an increased tax base for the Town of Camden.”
    Drivers who happen to spot the property while traveling down Old North Road will notice that only three sides of the building are complete. The side that faces Old North Road will be the front of the building. The brick and stucco façade planned for the front was suggested by the Friends of Historic Camden, Erdman said.
    “The Historic commission requested the inclusion of brick elements in the exterior facade to complement the overall look of Main Street,” she said.
    PROGRESS
    As of right now, the building is just a bit more than steel framing and concrete blocks. The next step is to close in the building, construct the roof and pour the concrete slab floor, according to Shaub.
    Camden Town Manager L. Aaron Chaffinch is happy to see new development in the area.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It’s going to be another outlet, another place for people on the north end of Camden or the south end of Dover to get things that they need,” he said.

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