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The Kmart at 1 Kmart Plaza, near the main hospital, is closing, as per USA Today. I am told that Bi-Lo is closing as well at some point.
What will happen to the site? It's been a shopping center for at least 50 years.
With this Kmart closing (clearly the store incurred next to nothing in ongoing capital expenses and likely had very low rent), what does that say about the Haywood Mall Sears closing at some point?
Dollar Tree is adding 600 jobs and expanding their headquarters. They said they will be building the "tallest building" in Chesapeake. Pictures in the article look to be a town center style environment within the Grennbrier area.
In case others are intrigued by mall history in Greenville, I thought that this thread might be useful.
I have a few initial questions:
1. Why in the world did developers build Haywood and Greenville malls so close to each other and at almost the same times? Why did they build both in particular when McAlister Square was thriving at the time and was nearby?
I was around at the time, but I was too young to know anything other than "all of a sudden we have 2 malls next to each other."
2. When Haywood was built, did any of the downtown department stores consider staying downtown? Why didn't they go to Greenville Mall; was Haywood announced at around the same time, so they chose the bigger mall?
I just remember that they all closed at the same time, and downtown was left basically abandoned.
I'm so glad that downtown finally seems to have the upper hand, after so many years.
The GR Press and Advance are reporting that developer Jeff Hundley is trying to bring a new grocer and restaurant to the old Family Fare location at 28th and Cascade Road. Is this the Trader Joe's we have been looking for? (You just read that in Obi Wan Kenobi's voice).
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