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Target, Petco, and Wegman’s Are Coming to Crofton

The Crofton area is about to see some major changes with the construction of Village South at Waugh Chapel in Gambrills. 

Traffic jamI can just imagine what that complex will do to traffic on Route 3 between Crofton and Severna Park, can’t you?

Things have certainly changed around here since we moved to our first Crofton home in 1970.  We really didn’t mind a bit that buying groceries or filling up the car with gas required a drive to Bowie.

I happened to be serving on the Crofton Civic Association Board of Directors when developers proposed the retail centers where Giant and Kmart are located.  Vocal residents didn’t think we were doing enough to stop this commercial growth, so they showed up at meetings to protest, and anonymous residents mailed threats… no one would admit to seeing a need for these developments.  

Evil visions of Route 3 in Waldorf danced through the heads of Crofton residents.

Now, of course, we take those commercial areas in stride –  and I have to laugh whenever I see one of those one-time protesters in line at Kmart.  

Forty years later, here we are… Target, Petco, Wegmans, PNC Bank, Dick’s, Bank of Annapolis, and other retailers and businesses large and small are headed our way – the latest and largest commercial development in the Crofton area.  It’s way beyond the talking stage.  In fact, ground-breaking for Village South will take place next month –  Wednesday, September 1 at 10 a.m., to be specific.

I’ll probably be muttering some things under my breath while sitting in traffic on Route 3 five years from now, along with other Crofton residents, but I’m sure we’ll all learn to live with that traffic. 

And we’ll no doubt be shopping at Village South, too.

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