When Hobby Lobby held its grand opening celebration on September 23, it signaled a new era for the 316,753-square-foot Pasadena Crossroads shopping center at the intersection of Ritchie Highway and Jumpers Hole Road.
Gone are Kmart, Babies R Us, Shoppers Food, and Rugged Warehouse. In their place will be Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Ulta Beauty, Sprouts Farmers Market, and DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse.
Sterling Organization acquired the property in November 2015 when it was fully leased, but the real estate firm saw an opportunity to improve the space by replacing stores that paid below-market rent.
Gardiner Wolf Furniture, Party City, and LA Fitness are the lone holdovers from the main strip, which includes BayVanguard Bank in a pad site, and is bordered by Chick-fil-A.
“You try to merchandise it as well as you can,” said Rob Meeks, leasing officer with the Sterling Organization, when asked about the new shops coming to Pasadena Crossroads. “We sort of had a blank canvas.”
The 48,000-square-foot Hobby Lobby is the company’s sixth Maryland location. Hobby Lobby is primarily an arts-and-crafts store, but also includes picture-framing, jewelry-making, fabrics, floral and wedding supplies, cards and party ware, baskets, wearable art, home accents and holiday merchandise.
“The success of our stores in Maryland is a good indicator that Pasadena shoppers will be pleased with the quality, selection, and value we offer in the craft and home decor market,” said Kelly Black, Hobby Lobby’s director of advertising.
Hobby Lobby hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 8:00pm. Stores are closed on Sunday.
DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse has a ribbon cutting scheduled for Thursday, October 24, at 8:30am. Meeks expects the other stores to open by mid-November, but he doesn’t know opening dates because it depends on when the stores are stocked and have all the necessary permits.
HomeGoods offers a variety of products, from designer bedding, table linens, and dishes to kitchen essentials, bath decor, and rugs. TJ Maxx is a clothing store. Ulta Beauty specializes in cosmetics, makeup, fragrances, skin care, and bath and body products.
Although Pasadena Crossroads is nearly at full capacity, Sterling Organization will likely work into summer 2020 to complete the redevelopment project.
“We’re looking for a great restaurant, a local place that has a good bar,” Meeks said. “We’ve had a lot of interest, but we’re looking for something with romance and charm.”