Thursday, February 28, 2013
The board rejected Costco's application in a close vote Thursday night.
In a 3-2 vote Thursday night, the Montgomery County Planning Board recommended denial for Costco's special exception application for a 16-pump gas station in Wheaton. The board members in the majority--Chair Françoise Carrier, Casey Anderson and Marye Wells-Harley--reasoned that the gas station does not fit with the overall thrust of the Master Plan for Wheaton, which encourages smart growth and transit-oriented development. For a deeper look into the Planning Board's reasoning: Planning Board: Costco Gas Station Does Not Fit With Wheaton Master Plan The final decision is yet to be made. Costco's application is scheduled to come before a hearing examiner on March 11, 15, 18, and 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the Stella B. Werner Council Office …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Find out which store will be taking over Old Navy's spot opposite the mall's food court.
With Costco set to open in April, the mall in Wheaton will soon see an influx of new businesses like Chipotle and Mayorga Coffee. In with the new, and out with the old--Old Navy in this case. The clothing store, which opened at Westfield Wheaton in 2003, declined to renew its lease and left the mall at the end of January, according to Matt Barry, the mall's general manager. Papaya, which markets women's clothing to teenagers and young adults, has signed with the mall to take over part of the empty space across from the mall's food court on the upper level, Barry said. The mall also lost Easy Spirit and Bakers Shoes at the end of January when their leases ended.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Environmental and site design experts answered questions about plans and studies that the Montgomery County Planning Department found fault with earlier this month.
Costco's open house Wednesday night in Kensington was a familiar set-up. Just as it did last April, Costco brought in consultants to stand behind tables and answer community members' questions about the gas station the major retailer wants to build in Wheaton. Whether Costco will be able to apply for a building permit is a question ultimately for the Montgomery County Board of Appeals. But first the county's Planning Board will weigh Costco's special exception application on Feb. 28, taking into consideration a negative review by the Planning Department. The Costco store in Wheaton is set to open April 10--after the special exception hearings in March. Not much seems to have changed since the previous open house, except that Costco has …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Costco at Westfield Wheaton will open a few days earlier than planned this spring.
The Costco in Wheaton has a new opening date, according to a spokeswoman for Costco: April 10. This Wednesday opening date is a few days earlier than the one Costco announced at the end of January. Costco's originally scheduled October 2012 opening at the mall in Wheaton was delayed because of unspecified construction issues. [Want more news about the Wheaton Costco and other businesses in the Wheaton area? Sign up for the Wheaton Patch newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.] Westfield Wheaton has already had Costco signage in place around the mall property for months, with a "coming soon" notice affixed. The membership warehouse store will inhabit the anchor spot previously occupied by a Hecht's department store. After the …
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Montgomery County Planning Board is scheduled to review Costco's special exception application for the controversial gas station on Feb. 28.
Costco sent out fliers this week inviting community members to attend an open house where it will make its case for a controversial 16-pump gas station at its warehouse store that is yet to open in Wheaton. The open house is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Feb. 20 at Newport Mill Middle School, 11311 Newport Mill Road, Kensington. Want more news about Costco and the Costco gas station? Sign up for the Wheaton Patch newsletter. According to the fliers, the open house will address questions about Costco's special exception application to place a gas station at Westfield Wheaton, in the parking lot between the mall and the Kensington Heights neighborhood. The fliers show what Costco says are extreme measures for protecting the community from car …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The specialty tea store opened Monday at Westfield Wheaton.
Specialty tea store Teavana has opened its doors at Westfield Wheaton on the upper level, near the center of the mall. Check the mall map for the precise location.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The gallery in Westfield Wheaton will feature works by Sara Becker and other local artists this month.
Monday, January 28, 2013
When will Costco open in Wheaton? The date has finally been announced.
Update, Feb. 19: The Wheaton Costco is now scheduled to open April 10 instead of April 12, according to a spokeswoman for Costco. * * * * * * * It's the question almost everyone in the area has been asking for the last four months: When will Costco open? The suspense is over. A Costco official has said that the warehouse store in Westfield Wheaton will open April 12. The date has been posted on Costco's website in the "New Locations" section, and Erich Brann, director of real estate development for Costco, confirmed it with Patch. Costco's originally scheduled October 2012 opening was delayed because of unspecified construction issues. [Want more news about the Wheaton Costco and other local businesses? Sign up for the Wheaton Patch …
Monday, January 7, 2013
The gallery, which features the work of local artists, is located in the lower level of the Wheaton mall.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Find out how late the mall is open this weekend for some last-minute Christmas shopping.
Westfield Wheaton has announced extended hours in the days leading up to Christmas. The mall will be open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, and 8 a.m. to midnight Dec. 21-23 (Friday-Sunday). On Christmas Eve, the mall will open even earlier, at 7 a.m., but will also close early, at 8 p.m. Stores are closed on Christmas Day, which is a Tuesday. For more information on holiday hours, see the Westfield Wheaton website. Where will you be doing your last-minute shopping? Tell us in the comments.