by Mary Rupert
Shoppers can expect some new businesses along with new and remodeled buildings for existing businesses when the 230,000-square-foot Wyandotte Plaza redevelopment is completed at 78th and State Avenue.
A new Price Chopper building on the east side of the shopping center is getting ready to open around July 16, and developers have now completed negotiations with some new tenants, said Dave Claflin, director of marketing for RED Legacy, which is handling the redevelopment project.
Claflin confirmed that PetSmart and Marshalls will open in the spring of 2015, on the shopping center’s west side, in the current Price Chopper grocery store building that will be remodeled.
The new 66,000-square-foot Price Chopper building on the east side is almost finished, and the middle section of the existing Wyandotte Plaza building is also almost completed, according to Claflin. Some businesses already have moved into new quarters in the middle section of the shopping center. Also, the new Advance Auto Parts building is completed.
Once the grocery store moves from the west side of the shopping center to the new building on the east side, the existing grocery store space can then be remodeled for Marshalls and PetSmart.
The new Price Chopper store’s sign now has gone up, noting a Starbucks coffee shop inside the store.
Another new tenant, Lufti’s Fried Fish, will open in August, Claflin said.
Some of the other stores and businesses at Wyandotte Plaza include Advance Auto Parts, MeMa’s Old-Fashioned Bakery, Simply Fashion, Sally Beauty Supply, Glam Tresses, City G.E.A.R., Radio Shack, Papa Murphy’s, Hans Jewelers, Dollar Tree, Sherwin Williams, H&R Block, Easy Home Living, and Advance America.
The Wyandotte Plaza shopping center complex also includes a Burger King restaurant and Payless ShoeSource store. The shopping center is more than 50 years old.
Claflin did not have total final cost figures yet for the redevelopment project. However, construction costs were estimated on Unified Government building permits, before construction started, at $4.89 million for the new Price Chopper building; $3 million for the Wyandotte Plaza renovations; and $767,125 for the new Advanced Auto building.