Mall to raze Kmart; new exterior retail coming

By BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Posted 10/27/16

The old Kmart is coming down to give a new look and a new retail business area to a local icon.

Bradley Square Mall announced it will replace the former national retailer with more parking …

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Mall to raze Kmart; new exterior retail coming

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The old Kmart is coming down to give a new look and a new retail business area to a local icon.

Bradley Square Mall announced it will replace the former national retailer with more parking spaces along with the addition of The Shops at Bradley Square.

The Shops at Bradley Square will be built along the far west end and will house six new retail shops.

There will also be a new retail shops just to the north and south perimeters of the new parking area.

Two new retailers will be housed at the west end of the existing mall structure.

That will give the mall a total of nine new businesses which are hoped to strengthen the mall’s place as a destination stop for visitors and shoppers alike.

Demolition to the former Kmart area is scheduled to begin within the next few months.

“We think this is a great direction to take the center,” said Mall GM Stacia Crye Shahan.

Mall management is remaining quiet for now on the identities of the new businesses that will occupy The Shops at Bradley Square; however, Shahan says the mall is “well on its way to filling the new shops.”

The renovations to the mall’s west end represent the third phase of redevelopment since the mall was acquired by MD Ruston Properties LLC in 2010.

During Phase I, $14 million was invested in anchor renovations and additions.

Belk underwent a major interior and exterior renovation and now offers expanded merchandise lines; Carmike Cinemas opened a 12-screen, 2,364 seat, state-of-the-art cinema; and Dunham’s Sports opened and offers a full line of sporting goods and athletic equipment.

Another $15 million was invested in Phase III which used the services of numerous local contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers.

That phase included new entrances, remodeled public restrooms, upgrades to the decor, new lighting, a relocated food court, new landscaping and new pylon signage and marquee.

“It is our belief that Phase II will enhance the center and continue the property revitalization we began five years ago,” Shahan said.

She noted preliminary meetings have been completed with city officials to discuss plans and engineering for the project.

“We are pleased with the support and positive comments from them,” Shahan said.

Mayor Tom Rowland said he expects the new shops to help the local economy.

“I am excited about the progress of Bradley Square in the past months,” Rowland said. “In other locations I have seen, the ‘store front’ appearance has greatly enhanced the shopping experience. I have also noted many new stores on the inside which is making our city a greater retail hub.”

Gary Farlow, president and CEO of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, said it is good to see local businesses continue to invest in the area.

“This is great news for Cleveland and Bradley County,” Farlow said. “It’s good to see the owners of Bradley Square Mall continuing their investment in the facilities here. ‘The Shops at Bradley Square’ is a great new concept in retail space. I’m sure it will do well in this very active retail market and should reinforce the Chamber's goal to encourage our citizens to ‘shop local.’”

Shahan said, “We appreciate the support Cleveland and Bradley County have always provided the mall, and we look forward to continuing to be a venue for local schools and organizations to host events.”

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