Category: Business

Please Ask REI to Stay in College Park

It has come to our attention through multiple sources in the community – through the City, business, and non-profit contacts – that REI’s College Park location is planning to close in the coming year. REI is opening a new store near Union Station in Washington, DC and is expanding the size of its Rockville store, […]

Saturday June 25th, 2016 in Business | No Comments »

Council Mulls Making Parking at Downtown Garage Free During Summer

At this Tuesday’s Council meeting, the City Council will consider allowing free parking on summer weeknights after 5:00 p.m. in the City Hall lot and the downtown parking garage from May 28 to August 14, 2016. The parking has been traditionally free all day Saturday, originally authorized only for the downtown parking garage to include […]

Sunday May 22nd, 2016 in Business | No Comments »

Food Trucks May Soon Be Seen in College Park Downtown

At tomorrow’s City Council meeting, the Council will approve a resolution supporting aa letter inviting food trucks in downtown College Park. College Park Ventures is preparing to submit an application for a food truck hub license to the Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) for the former Little Tavern site at […]

Monday May 9th, 2016 in Business | No Comments »

Council Discusses Incentive Programs to Attract Tech Businesses to College Park

At last night’s worksession, the City Council discussed incentive programs in the form of property tax credits to attract businesses to College Park.  The new incentives will be only eligible to businesses in innovation district (or RISE zone) in College Park. For some time, the City has been working with the University, the County, the […]

Wednesday April 20th, 2016 in Business | No Comments »

Three North College Park Motels to Get Conversions

Three North College Park motels are in the process of getting conversions – hopefully with better service. The Comfort Inn & Suites on Baltimore Avenue is in the process of being converted into a Holiday Inn hotel. In 2016 the 62,818-square foot property will undergo an interior renovation that will transform the property’s 125 rooms. […]

Monday January 11th, 2016 in Business | No Comments »

Live Smart Eat Local With City Manager Scott Somers

The next College Park Live Smart Eat Local event features new City Manager Scott Somers! Hear about College Park’s new leader and eat some great local Italian food! What: Live Smart Eat Local w/College Park City Manager Scott Somers When: Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 p.m. Where: Mamma Lucia Pizza and Pasta, 4734 Cherry Hill Rd., […]

Monday December 14th, 2015 in Announcements, Business | No Comments »

December Live Smart, Eat Local Tour

The next next “College Park Live Smart, Eat Local” Tour will take place on Wednesday, December 16th at 7:00 p.m. at Mamma Lucia Restaurant, at 4734 Cherry Hill Road (next to Shoppers). Please spread the word. Thanks.

Tuesday November 24th, 2015 in Announcements, Business | No Comments »

Small Business Saturday, November 28

Small Business Saturday will take place on Nov 28th, and College Park is going to celebrate with a #ShopSmall Selfie event! At last week’s Council meeting, the Mayor and Council proclaimed November 28th as the Small Business Day. How it works: 1.) Show your support by taking selfies while you shop at your favorite local […]

Sunday November 22nd, 2015 in Business | No Comments »

City to Ask Revoking Backyard Grill’s Liquor License

At next Tuesday’s council meeting, the City Council will ask the County’s liquor licensing commission to revoke the liquor license of College Park Backyard Grill. The letter requests that, based on the severity of the case, and the fact that this is the second incident involving a serious violation of the law, the liquor license […]

Saturday November 21st, 2015 in Business | No Comments »

Indie Coffee Shop Moves to College Park

The former location of College Park Auto Parts will become a coffeehouse from a business owner familiar with the neighborhood. The yet-to-be-named spot at 7131 Baltimore Avenue will have 4,500 square feet spread over two floors. Please read more about the story here on the Washington Business Journal and on the Diamondback.

Monday September 28th, 2015 in Business | No Comments »

Sport Cafe Plans to Occupy the Old Hollywood Video Store

The old video store at the Hollywood shopping complex ( 9925 Rhode Island Avenue) is going to get a new business – an African food restaurant. It’ called Kof Sport Cafe. The owner Olawoyin Akintelure came to last night’s Council meeting to talk about the business and the class D liquor license they have submitted […]

Wednesday July 8th, 2015 in Business | No Comments »

The Old Bar May Become a Restaurant and Art Space

The now closed bar, Barking Dog on Route 1, may turn into a place for a new restaurant and art place, the Diamondback has recently reported. College Park’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is expected to provide performances, while a PA based firm will provide food for the restaurant. The new business may start as […]

Monday February 9th, 2015 in Business | No Comments »

Target Express to Open Neighborhood Market in College Park

At last night’s worksession, staff told us that the chain store Target will open its smaller “express” version in the  Landmark development (formerly the Book Exchange) in College Park. According to this report, the discount retailer, which opened its first TargetExpress store last July on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis, and was planning to open […]

Wednesday February 4th, 2015 in Business, Development | No Comments »

UMD Taps Ulman to Transform College Park into the ‘Next Silicone Valley’

Yesterday, the University of Maryland has recruited former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman to transform College Park into a hub of high tech start-ups and business incubators, the Washington Post reports. Mr. Ulman is also a 1997 University of Maryland alumnus. Mr. Ulman has recently formed a consulting firm Margrave Strategies LLC, and the new […]

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Tuesday December 23rd, 2014 in Business | No Comments »