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Chipotle Mexican Grill to open in Price Frederick

PRINCE FREDERICK—ECHO Realty announce the addition of Chipotle Mexican Grill to Calvert Village, located in Price Frederick. Chipotle will occupy the 3,000 SF building next to TJ Maxx and is expected to open late Fall 2015.

“This was the last space available in the center and we couldn’t be happier to announce that it will be occupied such a high-quality and dynamic restaurant,” stated Drew Gorman, Senior Vice President for ECHO Realty.

This will be Chipotle’s first location in Calvert County.

Calvert Village is a 160,000 SF neighborhood shopping center located at the intersection of MD Routes 2/4 & West Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick, Calvert County, Maryland. ECHO Realty purchased Calvert Village in December 2012 and has successfully revitalized the center and will be completely occupied upon Chipotle’s opening. Since acquiring the center, ECHO redeveloped the former breezeway to accommodate TJ Maxx and added Pam’s Hallmark, Olympia Sports, the UPS Store and My Eye Dr.

“We had designed this building within the center specifically for a restaurant that could take advantage of the both the outdoor seating and proximity to the health club, TJ Maxx and the theater,” said Gorman.

St. Charles Companies Announces Retirement of CEO Alan Shearer

Current President Matthew Martin Continues to Lead

ST. CHARLES—The St. Charles Companies announces the retirement of CEO Alan Shearer. Mr. Shearer will continue to serve in an advisory capacity. Under Mr. Shearer's direction, St. Charles reestablished itself as one of the top-selling master planned communities in America, with a pace of new home sales that has routinely topped 200 units annually since 2010. In his new role, Mr. Shearer will provide guidance, advice and insight to the management team led by current President, Matthew Martin.

“Alan refocused St. Charles on its mission to be Maryland’s premier master planned community. He set in motion a series of improvements that will enhance the lives of St. Charles residents for decades,” said Federal Capital Partners Managing Partner, Lacy Rice. Mr. Rice continued, “Alan’s “Smart Growth” approach to land planning, schools, landscaping, signage and housing for active adults and seniors will guide St. Charles as it enters its next phase of improvements.”

St. Charles Companies President, Matthew Martin, said, “With the completion of this first initiative to regain St. Charles’ status as one of the top master planned communities in the Country, we are now excited to be working with the County on a new masterplan amendment for Downtown St. Charles—the type of walkable, mixed use lifestyle center, supported by a community of apartments and single family homes, that has long been sought for Charles County.”

Mr. Shearer was appointed CEO of the St. Charles Companies in 2010, after joining St. Charles parent company, Federal Capital Partners, in 2008. Prior to his position at FCP, Mr. Shearer spent 29 years in executive leadership positions with homebuilder NVR (NYSE:NVR), parent of Ryan Homes and NV Homes. During his career with NVR, Mr. Shearer held a number of management positions in homebuilding, marketing and sales, and as Division Manager for two of the homebuilding divisions.

BalanceLogic Chosen to Provide Marketing & Web Services to Chesapeake Plastics Manufacturing

WALDORF—BalanceLogic, a Southern Maryland based Small Business Solutions Company, announced today that they have launched a new website for Chesapeake Plastics Manufacturing, a provider of affordable injection molding services in the Mid-Atlantic area since 2003. As part of the manufacturer's expansion effort, the custom designed website will provide extensive information and resources so visitors to the site can learn how Chesapeake Plastics can assist customers in producing a custom part from concept to production.

The new custom designed and developed website will include comprehensive information on the range of services that Chesapeake Plastics Manufacturing provides to corporations, small businesses, inventors and crowdfunding entrepreneurs. Visitors to the website will find information on how Chesapeake Plastics Manufacturing can bring their ideas to life. The website features descriptions of the services the company offers, a gallery of completed projects, and showcases their broad capabilities, including their ability to produce a product is as little as one week.

BalanceLogic also integrated secure file upload, due to the proprietary information that many of the company's customers share regarding designs and specifications for parts to be produced. The website's file upload application ensures that files are securely transferred and stored and only accessed by the client and the company.

In addition to the website, BalanceLogic also developed a new brand identity for the company. The new identity features Chesapeake area icons, including a blue heron and a ship wheel. The logo also features each of the company's services after merging two existing companies into one. BalanceLogic also developed a comprehensive marketing plan that addresses the company's strategy to grow in both their injection molding company and CPM Camera Rigs, which provides an extensive line of camera rigs and accessories to users nationwide.

Chesapeake Plastics Manufacturing was introduced to BalanceLogic through TEDCO's Rural Business Innovation Initiative (RBII), a mentoring program providing business and technical assistance to technology-based companies in rural Maryland at no cost to the companies. "BalanceLogic was selected as a consultant for Chesapeake Plastics Manufacturing because BalanceLogic proposed reliable comprehensive and affordable marketing solutions that tied to the company's growth strategy. It is an added bonus that both companies are based in Southern Maryland and that the RBII program can help to connect local companies to one another." says Angela Singleton, the Southern Maryland RBII program business mentor.

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