Montgomery County’s Wheaton Redevelopment Advisory Committee (WRAC) has selected The Shops on Amherst and its owner, Chris Georgatsos as the recipient of WRAC’s first annual Revitalization Award. The award recognizes a local business or commercial property owner who initiates and executes projects or programs that enhance the retail or commercial viability of the Wheaton urban core. The award will be presented to Georgatsos at the Wheaton-Kensington Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday, April 24 at Hollywood East Café in Wheaton.
“The Shops at Amherst are evidence that if you invest in Wheaton, Wheaton will invest in you,” said WRAC Chair Michael Kallens. “Anyone who sees Georgatsos’ property and how the restaurants are thriving can attest to that fact. The committee chose Georgatsos for this award to recognize that improving Wheaton pays off for everyone involved. We encourage other property owners to follow his lead.”
After acquiring the property two years ago, Georgatsos decided that the 52-year-old building needed a new façade. The Shops on Amherst, located at 11401-07 Amherst Ave., house three popular Asian restaurants offering distinctive cuisines. The improved façade has broadened the appeal of the businesses and serves as an example to other commercial property owners in Wheaton that curb appeal and strong tenants help to ensure continued success.
“The new, updated improvements are a ‘win-win’ for everyone involved – the tenants, the center and the overall Wheaton business community,” said Georgatsos. “It is a great honor to receive this award and I am grateful to have my efforts recognized. As a dedicated property owner, my ongoing support is a worthwhile investment in the future economic growth of Wheaton.”
Seven businesses/commercial property owners were nominated this year by the WRAC Planning and Visioning Subcommittee based on criteria including innovation, success, environmental impact, community impact, area revitalization and greenness. The six other nominees were: Montgomery Art Association, Good Time Ol’ Fashion Service, The Royal Mile Pub, Limerick Pub, The Yarn Spot and Ruan Thai.
For information about the award or WRAC, contact Rob Klein in the County’s Department of General Services at 240-777-6016. For information about the Wheaton-Kensington Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet, visit www.wkchamber.org.
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