The demolition has begin at former Kmart shopping center in Fairview Heights to clear space for a new retail center.
Plans for the new Fairview City Centre to be built near the northwest corner of North Illinois Street and Lincoln Trail include building six new store spaces ranging in size from 13,000 square feet to 45,000 square feet. Both Petco and Office Max would remain as tenants.
For the time being, Office Max remains open at the shopping center, but that space is set for demolition sometime this fall or by the new year. The office supply store will then relocate to a new store to be built next to Petco.
King's Beauty has left the shopping center and moved to Market Plaza, also in Fairview Heights. Sporting goods retailer Sports Authority, which is operating in Fairview Heights Plaza, will relocate to the new shopping center. Remaining spaces are being marketed.
Fairview Heights Economic Development Director Mike Malloy said the city may find out more details from shopping center owner Kimco Realty Corp. later this week.
Last September, Kmart announced that it would not renew its lease at the shopping center and closed its doors in December.
The retail center was one of the oldest in the city. It was built in the late 1960s and pre-dates the St. Clair Square mall. The 113,127-square-foot store that had housed Kmart for the past 14 years initially was built for Venture, a St. Louis-based retail chain that went out of business and left the shopping center in 1998.
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