Local furniture retailer Gavigan’s Home Furnishings is currently gutting and renovating the old C-Mart at 1503 Rock Spring Road in Forest Hill and hopes to have the 63,000 square foot store ready for a Labor Day grand opening, according to Gavigan’s Vice President Rob Gavigan.
He said the company is spending $1.5 million to renovate this location for its fourth Maryland store because he liked how well-known the spot is for having been the home of C-Mart since 1972.
“It’s a dedicated site and it’s a landmark,” said Gavigan. “If I say, ‘We’re in the old C-Mart building,’ people will know where we’re at.”
C-Mart closed intially in 2005 when the family that owned it sold the business to a group that moved it to Joppa. That business later closed and the family behind C-Mart used the Forest Hill building they still owned as a flea market, bargain outlet and auction site until last year, when they closed it for good and moved their auction business to Cockeysville.
Gavigan said his company bought the building because he felt Bel Air had the right kind of customers for the type of furniture Gavigan’s carries. He describes it as higher quality, affordable furniture that would compete with a store like Gardiners Furniture.
The renovation of the site includes removal of abestos floor tiles a new front facade.
“The whole thing is going to be gutted and modernized,” Gavigan said.