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Sport Clips Moves to New Location in SP

There are now two barber shops in the same shopping strip next to Park Plaza.

Sport Clips, specializing in men's and boys' haircuts, reopened Thursday at its new location, at 580 Ritchie Highway, in the former location.

Sport Clips, a franchise, was previously located in a small shopping center next to , where the parking was limited. That's one of the things that prompted the move, said Sport Clips manager Austina McConnell.

"It's more convenient for our clients," she said. "Our clients wanted us to move."

Located two doors down is the , owned by Brian Mears, who has been at the location for 15 years.

Patch stopped in to ask Mears his reaction to having another barbershop located so close to his business.

"It's not going to hurt us at all, we have a well-established clientele here," he said while trimming customer Brion Umidi's hair. "We have people come from all over, including the Eastern Shore and Arnold."

Mears grew up in Severna Park and graduated from and credits that longevity in the community with the continued success of his shop. Umidi said his kids got their first haircuts at the shop and he's been a customer there for 14 years.

McConnell said Sport Clips is different than Olde Tyme.

"We are unique, there's nothing like us in Severna Park," she said.

Kathie Hamlett March 01, 2012 at 11:31 PM
My husband and both boys get their haircut at Old Tyme Barber. I was surprised that another hair cut place was allowed so close to this location. I did not think it was quite fair.
Marsha Ensor March 02, 2012 at 02:31 PM
As a small business owner, who pays a tremendous amount for commerical space, I would have an issue with the property mgmt company allowing this to happen. In my lease, it is specificially stated that no other business of the same nature will be placed in my building. Something similar happened to me, when a similar business opened nearby, but on different property. The business undercut my prices by a significant amount. My business suffered some initially, but exactly one year later, that business went belly up. Go Figure. Brian Mears has a wonderful attitude and I wish him much continued success!
DioDingo March 02, 2012 at 04:16 PM
It seems Park Plaza has had such turn over over the years I would think the mgmt company may be part of the issue for all those business. A non-compete clause is often standard and shows the lack of loyalty to long standing business. Maybe a fresh seafood store would be a nice new addition!

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