The truest and newest of Gaithersburg's “smart growth” developments is kicking it's retail component into high gear.
The Spectrum at Watkins Mill is adding two new food retail businesses adjacent to the project's Performers Park, an open space that includes a large circular fountain similar to that found in the Downtown Silver Spring shopping district.
The additions include Barking Mad, which aims to be the go-to coffee shop in the community, serving food and spirits. Opening is expected to happen in September 2015.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Firebirds Wood Fired Grill has jumped at the opportunity to open it's first Maryland location and has signed a Letter of Intent with the developer. The signature steaks oriented restaurant/bar holds happy hours at its' other locations and the same is expected to happen in Gaithersburg.
The Spectrum at Watkins Mill is part of the larger Watkins Mill Development which includes the Watkins Mill Town Center “urban core” and Parklands communities. In total it will include 4.5 million square feet of Class A office space, hotels, restaurants and retail, as well as more than 2,200 residential units.