Crown in Gaithersburg prepares to welcome slew of new retailers -- Gazette.Net


Downtown Crown in Gaithersburg might soon have it all for those looking to conquer errands in a one-stop-shop, as Crown representatives announce five new commercial tenants moving into the community.

ZAGG, a mobile device accessory company, has signed a lease for an 1,100-square-foot store on Crown Park Avenue, according to a recent news release. Nearby, a Wells Fargo bank will set up shop in a 2,500-square-foot corner storefront at the intersection of Crown Park Avenue and Copley Street.

Crown Cleaners will bring dry cleaning services to the community in a 1,200-square-foot spot on Copley Street, the release said.

Residents in search of salon treatments will find them at Body by Blo, which nabbed a 1,700-square-foot location on Ellington Boulevard. The salon specializes in hair, nail and skin care services.

A neighborhood pizza shop, &pizza, will serve up its classic cuisine in a 1,500-square-foot restaurant that will overlook Crown Park, according to the release. The &pizza brand offers vegetarian and vegan options along with more traditional pies.

With the arrival of these retailers, Downtown Crown’s commercial space is about 66 percent filled, according to the release. The businesses will join Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Coastal Flats, Verizon Wireless and others at Downtown Crown, which includes 259,000 square feet of retail space.

While there are no specific opening dates for any other retailers, the Downtown Crown area in general is having rolling openings, said Crown spokeswoman Tammy Murphy.

“More shops and restaurants will come on board this spring and summer,” Murphy wrote in an email to The Gazette.

LA Fitness and Starbucks, the first retailers to open, began serving customers late last year. Harris Teeter followed with a grand opening in January.

Downtown Crown Wine and Beer, slated to open in March, will be the next business to open its doors, Murphy wrote. Among its offerings, it will feature wines from several of Maryland’s 60 wineries.

“It’s very exciting to see Downtown Crown’s list of retailers growing and the neighborhood really coming to life,” said Krista Di Iaconi, principal at JBGR Retail and Downtown Crown’s development manager. “Downtown Crown will have residents at the Cadence Apartments by the end of the month, and with Harris Teeter, Starbucks and LA Fitness open and busy, it’s already becoming an important resource for the surrounding community.”

Cadence at Crown, the Bozzuto-owned apartment community in the downtown area, is currently leasing and expects to have its first residents move in by the end of February, according to Murphy. Apartment layouts for studios and one to three bedroom units are available. Units rent between $1,500 and $2,800.

Ryland Homes is scheduled to break ground on the other residences in Downtown Crown this spring, Murphy said. The units will be three-bedroom condominium townhomes.