Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Shoppers are encouraged to "Think Pink" this weekend, to help fight cancer and save some money.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, more than 25 stores at the Mall in Columbia are offering special discounts to shoppers who donate to the American Cancer Society. On Saturday and Sunday, mall visitors can visit Guest Services and make donations for cancer research. Those shoppers who "Think Pink" will receive a pink ribbon that will give them access to discounts on food, clothes, toys and more, according to a mall press release. "The Mall in Columbia is proud to support breast cancer awareness and the American Cancer Society," said Michelle José, Marketing Manager for the mall. "Breast cancer is a disease that has touched most people in some way, and the American Cancer Society works tirelessly to find a cure." The first …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Columbia has some big changes in the works, says Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said on a recent podcast by local bloggers that several projects in the Columbia Town Center should be underway within the year. Ulman told hosts attorney Paul Skalny and real estate agent and blogger Dennis Lane, of the podcast And Then There's That, he hopes Howard County residents will become excited at the sight of construction being done in Columbia's downtown. Do you agree with Ulman? Are you excited about the changes coming to Columbia's downtown? Tell us in comments. "My hope is, in the next six months, we will be under construction with multiple projects in Town Center," Ulman told Lane and Skalny. On the podcast, he listed three specific projects--the "Metropolitan" building, a new retail …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Howard County police are looking into recent incidents at the Mall in Columbia.
Several people visiting the Mall in Columbia fell victim to two armed robberies and two more attempted robberies between 9 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday, according to a Howard County police spokesperson. "[Investigators] will be handling all four cases and are actively looking into the possibility that the [incidents] are connected, but have made no determinations yet," said police spokesperson Bryce Buell. The department released the following information about the incidents:
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Saturday’s complimentary pretzels are part of a charitable partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
You can get free food and learn about a new charitable partnership. Auntie Anne’s, with locations in The Mall at Columbia and Arundel Mills Mall, is giving away free pretzels Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Along with the complimentary original or cinnamon sugar pretzel will come information on the pretzel maker’s new charitable partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The ALSF information will include a QR code linking to a new public service announcement featuring actress Bailee Madison, and a bounce back coupon for a free pretzel on a future visit to Auntie Anne’s. Throughout 2012, Auntie Anne’s will help change children’s lives by fighting childhood cancer through the partnership with ALSF. In addition, Auntie Anne’s will…
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Shoe store will occupy space in Center Court.
The footwear retailer Skechers is coming to The Mall in Columbia, according to a press release issued today. Scheduled to open in May, Skechers will bring its diverse collection of footwear for men, women and children to a 2,517 square-foot location in the mall's Center Court, according to the statement. “With the announcement of Skechers, we are continuing our longstanding commitment of providing Mall in Columbia customers with a strong mix of national and international retailers,” Michelle Jose, marketing manager of The Mall in Columbia, said in the statement. “With the customer as our main focus, we continually strive to secure a mix of retailers that will go above and beyond their shopping expectations and we are thrilled to welcome …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Community pre-submission meeting set for Jan. 17 at Howard Community College.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
How consumer trends play out in the Baltimore-Washington area.
Christmas is over but shoppers are heading back to stores for two reasons, according to national media outlets. Since before Christmas and Hanukkah, retailers saw a spike in returns. In mid-December, one CEO told Time that this would be "a record year for returns." In fact, for every dollar spent, $0.099 will be returned to stores, according to the Associated Press. Other consumers will hit the malls to take advantage of post-holiday sales. At the Mall in Columbia, stores are slashing prices. Ann Taylor and Coldwater Creek are giving customers 50 percent off storewide, and 60 percent off at Banana Republic. Clothes, furniture and appliances are items that will bring post-holiday shoppers in the doors, according to this article from …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Midnight opening at The Mall in Columbia is a trend that will continue, according to a mall official.
Despite some national outcry from both consumers and store employees, earlier Black Friday shopping hours are here to stay, if the crowds at The Mall in Columbia are any indication. "The crowds we had this year are a good indicator that the trend will continue," mall General Manager Katie Essing said. "The stores did well." For the second year, mall officials gave retailers the opportunity to open at midnight, and 20 stores — up from about a dozen last year — took advantage of that chance, according to Essing. Macy's joined the midnight brigade this year, which no doubt helped bring customers to the retail center, Essing said. "We heard from all 20 stores that it was successful and worthwhile," Essing said of the mall's midnight opening. …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Howard Hughes Corp. officials will share plans, answer questions and accept comments.
Columbia residents will have their first chance tonight to see details of the downtown development plan as envisioned by the Howard Hughes Corp. Hughes representatives will host a pre-submission community meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Howard Community College, at which they will share concept plans for the development proposed for land known as parcels C and D, adjacent to The Mall in Columbia. The company envisions more than 800 residential units and 70,000 square feet of retail space in the land. Also included in the presentation will be details about the road network, as well as the final development plan for the Warfield neighborhood. The meeting will be held in Room 400 of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall on the …
Monday, September 19, 2011
PFC Elaine Smith earns Maryland Retailers Association honor for her work at the Mall in Columbia.
At about 3:15 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, Officer Elaine Smith bent her ear to the radio on her shoulder and listened in to a report that was coming in. “A fraud at Five Guys,” she repeated. “Probably fake money.” Smith walked down to the food court at the Mall in Columbia and pulled out a notebook, taking down the details while a manager explained what happened. Someone had used a fraudulent $100 bill. After viewing the security footage, Smith clicked her pen closed and told the manager to have a nice day; the problem would be solved. It was just one of the many cases Smith deals with on a daily basis. As the beat officer from the Howard County Police Department for the mall and the surrounding lakefront area, Smith has seen fraud, …