The Charles County area is home to major retailers, construction companies, the Naval Support Facility Indian Head, and Indian Head Science and Technology Park.
Charles County is known as a shopping mecca, with several key retail destinations. For example, Waldorf Marketplace is a spacious complex that has won awards for its attractiveness. Its tenants include DSW, Famous Footwear, Office Depot, Petco, Safeway and Walgreens. Meanwhile, the 1.2 million-square-foot St. Charles Towne Center Mall in Waldorf has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation in recent years. Its well-known anchor tenants include Dick's Sporting Goods, J.C. Penney, Kohl's, Macy's, Macy's Home Store and Sears. The Shoppes at Berry Road in Waldorf is on Route 228 and features a mixture of office space and retail stores, while The Shops at Waldorf Center is anchored by Babies R Us, hhGregg, Marshall's, PetsMart and Ross Dress for Less. And in La Plata, Rosewick Crossing is anchored by a Giant food store and a Lowe's home center, and the shopping complex is enjoying a strong occupancy rate.
Even in these slower economic times for construction companies throughout the nation, two contractors in Charles County are busy. Facchina Construction Co. has its national headquarters in La Plata and specializes in heavy highway, concrete frames, site development and commercial building services. Meanwhile, Reliable Contracting Co. in White Plains has clientele that include builders, developers and government agencies. The company's projects range in cost from $10,000 to $10 million, with Reliable crews working on Maryland's roads, highways, airports, office parks, shopping centers, hospitals, churches and residential neighborhoods.
A major player in the overall business economy of Charles County is the Naval Support Facility Indian Head. The military base specializes in energetics research, weapons development and detonation science. Just north of the base is a 260-acre Indian Head Science and Technology Park, located adjacent to Maryland Airport. It is just 30 miles from Washington, D.C. and the park is expected to create 1,500 high-paying, tech-related jobs over its current 14-year build-out.
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