Cross Stone Commons

Cross Stone Commons on Middletown Parkway is close to completing the next set of commercial spaces, shown at left.

Several new businesses are expected to open this summer as work on a Middletown shopping center enters its final stages.

The second building in the Cross Stone Commons development is getting ready for its final inspection, said Victor White, chief operating officer of Hogan Cos., the project management and leasing firm for the project.

The development’s first building contains a Dunkin’ franchise, a nail salon and two restaurants.

The second building will have four spaces, one of which will be for Black Hog BBQ, a local barbecue chain opening its fourth location in the county.

Another space will be occupied by a shipping and business supply store named Mountain Postal.

Mountain Postal has two stores in Garrett County, Maryland, although the Grantsville store will move to Middletown, owner Andy Kalnoske said. The Oakland store has been open for seven years, he said.

He expects to be open by late June or early July.

The store will provide boxes and packing materials, as well as packing and shipping from the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, UPS and DHL.

But much of their business now comes from services such as making business cards, flyers, banners, signs, yard signs and copying.

Mountain Postal will also sell Yankee and WoodWick candles, Kalnoske said.

The Mountain Postal store will be just under 1,500 square feet, while the Black Hog space will be more than 2,700 square feet, White said.

That leaves two spaces in the building, one of about 1,500 square feet and one of about 1,200 square feet, that they’re still trying to find tenants for, he said.

Middletown Burgess John Miller said he doesn’t expect to see any more projects like Cross Stone Commons in the town in the near future.

“We’ve kind of hit the saturation point with that sort of thing,” Miller said.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at

(4) comments


The headline is very misleading. A stinking Dunkin Dounut shop, a beer joint selling processed BBQ and a postal store selling boxes and candles doesn't constitute a "shopping center" by any means. But it's Middletown, so who cares?


So pessimistic FAUX. Those are the tenants that have moved in. There will be more in the near future. Hey Plamondons, looky here! Private business built with private financing! Whoda thunk it!


What else will be there?


Don't forget the public subsidies to all parties when mentioning "private" financing. They didn't build that.

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