Business Notes: Construction Permit Sought for Target in Bethesda

Plus: Bethesda swim club set to begin major renovations; Radio One looking for new headquarters


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How the Target will fit into the Shops of Wisconsin on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda

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Architect applies for permit to begin work at Shops of Wisconsin

The retailer Target took its first step toward opening its new store at the Shops of Wisconsin in Bethesda after GTM Architects applied for a commercial building permit to renovate the store’s space last week. The building permit application, which is being reviewed by the county’s Department of Permitting Services, estimates the construction will cost $800,000 and include improving the building’s shell, installing new stairs, constructing a “cartveyor” to transport carts between the store’s two floors and adding a parking garage elevator, according to the permit’s description. Target announced in July it would open a 35,000-square-foot “flexible-format” store on the lower levels of the Wisconsin Avenue shopping center. A March 2017 opening is planned.

Little Falls Swimming Club to begin $2 million pool renovations next month

A sketch design of the changes coming to Little Falls Swim Club. Via Little Falls Swimming Club website

The swimming club on Little Falls Road in Bethesda is poised to replace its more than 60-year-old swimming pool with a new large pool, a smaller instructional pool and a small baby pool. The club estimates building the new pools will cost about $2 million, with construction scheduled to start in September and be completed by Memorial Day 2017. The members-only swim club operates from the end of May until mid-September each year.

Radio One could look outside Silver Spring for new headquarters

The Silver Spring-based radio network that operates more than 55 radio stations in the U.S. is in the market for a new headquarters, according to the Washington Business Journal. The radio network is looking for 100,000 square feet in either D.C., Silver Spring or Bethesda and may move as soon as the end of 2017.

Maryland’s tax-free week continues until Aug. 20

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Maryland’s tax-free week kicked off Sunday and will continue until the end of this week. The annual week allows shoppers to buy clothing and footwear without having to pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax. Everything from tennis shoes to windbreakers will be tax-free with this week, although it may be worth checking the Comptroller’s website to make sure the clothing item you want to buy qualifies for the deal. The annual tax-free week started in 2007 after the General Assembly passed legislation to create it as a way to give families a small discount before school begins. The week also helps brick-and-mortar retailers in the state boost their business, according to Cailey Locklair Tolle, president of the Maryland Retailers Association.

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