Retail Development

Business is booming at Charles County's brick and mortar retailers. Keeping their offerings in step with consumer tastes, Charles County retailers deliver cheerful service, personalized product advice, and quality control that's unmatched in the digital domain.

How Retail Stays Robust

The Citizens

Charles County ranks among the top 20 counties in the US for household income—in excess of $90,000 per year. Our sophisticated shoppers boast high homeownership rates and higher education. Affordable real estate frees up disposable income to shop, eat, and play.

Charles County citizens aren't only consumers; they're the faces of customer service throughout our community. Nearly 8,000 people work in local retail, shoring up sales, stocking shelves, or devising new revenue streams.

The Cost Savings

With commercial lease rates 30 percent less than the DC metro area and low utility rates to boot, Charles County is a sure bet. Affordable square footage in lifestyle-oriented retail developments gives retailers the space and the savings to grow.

The Corridor

With 1.9 million consumers and workers in easy reach, Charles County retailers enjoy high-visibility locations and high traffic counts in Waldorf, La Plata, Bryans Road, and Indian Head. When consumers stroll, shop, and dine at a leisurely pace, or seek essentials on the go, our developments feature ample parking, easy access from major roads, and pedestrian-friendly design. Learn more about our featured properties and redevelopment projects here.

With a growing number of residents telecommuting or using public transit, Charles County is curating lifestyle-centered developments and dynamic downtowns. The Waldorf Urban Redevelopment Corridor, an open-air project featuring on-site access to DC, will balance work and play with alluring retail, restaurants, and residences. Another transformational project is Waldorf Station, located at the intersection of US Route 301 and Maryland Route 5. Once complete, Waldorf Station will feature 500,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, 700 town homes, and 100 apartments that blend entertainment and easy living.


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Views from Charles

Demolition Starts Today, Makes Room for Progress

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
The building at the intersection of Route 301 and St. Patrick’s Drive in Waldorf is often overlooked by passersby. A wall of trees along southbound 301 limits the view of the structure from the ...


Taylor Yewell
Redevelopment Manager 

Charles County EDD
10665 Stanhaven Place

Suite 206

White Plains, MD 20695

Phone:  301-885-1340, x2200

“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

“Charles County is where we started our company and where we grew and expanded. We now operate our managed print and managed IT solutions in five states and provide custom apps all around the globe. Our headquarters is still in Charles County, an excellent place to conduct business and recruit highly skilled individuals for our ever growing team!"

Joshua Justice

Just Tech


“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

“Charles County is a great place for businesses to start, grow, and thrive! We've worked with over 100 businesses since we opened our doors in Charles County, and I've witnessed the majority of these businesses achieve all three.”

Darlene M. Breck


Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn


The Welburn Organization