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ShopCore Properties’ Free State Shopping Center Announces Exciting New Stores Opening in 2024

Posted on February 20, 2024 in Press Releases

Five new dining, wellness, and retail locations, and two tenant expansions strengthen offerings at the center

Bowie, MD (January, 2024) — 2024 is shaping up to be a year of impressive growth and expanded offerings at ShopCore Properties’ Free State Shopping Center in Bowie, MD. Five stores including Bob’s Discount Furniture and Five Below and several dining spots like fast casual Charleys Philly Steaks and a recently-opened, pick-up-by-car location of Cava are adding new facets to the Free State shopping experience. Impressions Eyecare rounds out the new additions to the property. Local staple Anthony’s Pizza is expanding their popular restaurant to add a new bar, while Starbucks makes a move to a new, refreshed location featuring outdoor seating and a drive-through.

“Our goal for 2024 is to deliver an even more exceptional shopping experience for the community, and we’re eager to welcome several new additions and offerings at Free State Shopping Center,” said Brian McAluney, VP of Leasing at ShopCore Properties. “From great dining and diverse shopping options to strong anchor retailers, we’re building a place where the community can find everything they need in one convenient stop.”

“I was immediately drawn to Free State Shopping Center thanks to its collection of amazing brands that offer a unique experience for shoppers and ShopCore Properties’ commitment to bringing quality retail options to Bowie,” said Kevyn Scott, a multi-unit franchise owner of Charleys Philly Steaks. “I felt like this was the perfect location and am extremely excited to begin the buildout process and serve the surrounding community.”

Located at 15500 Annapolis Road in Bowie, Maryland, just 35 minutes north of Washington, DC, the 264,152-square-foot open air shopping center is anchored by Giant, TJ Maxx, and Ross.

Limited vacant spaces remain on property, a rare opportunity for businesses such as pet supply retailers, fitness centers, or automotive services to open in this high volume, open-air retail center. Free State serves a 5-mile trade area with a population in excess of 115,000 people and an average household income in excess of $142,000. In addition, the property boasts a highly visible location along a high traffic stretch of Annapolis Road thanks to a growing trade area population and increase in remote work.

About ShopCore Properties
ShopCore, a Blackstone real estate portfolio company, is a vertically integrated company with internalized leasing, development, property management, legal, accounting, and asset management functions. Currently, ShopCore leases and manages close to 90 shopping centers, comprising nearly 14 million square feet across 18 states. For more information, visit