MIDLAND – Development at Midland’s Mountainview Plaza is well underway, with the new owner promising a surprising new look for the property once construction wraps up.
Jamie Petrie, vice-president of Plaza Retail REIT, said people will be able to have a “full shopping experience” by the end of December.
“You should start to see some stores opening by October,” he said. “It’s a nice mix of existing tenants and new ones.”
According to Wes Crown, director of planning and building for the Town of Midland, the plaza will include a Winners, a Montana’s Cookhouse and the Mark’s Work Wearhouse currently located at the Walmart Plaza on Highway 12. Current tenants such as Maurices, Staples and SportChek will be moving to new storefronts.
“The intent was always to relocate most of the existing tenants so they have direct access to the road,” said Crown.
Plaza had originally planned to have much of the construction done by fall. According to Petrie, development fell behind schedule due to a combination of issues with subcontractors and the fact the company pursued “too aggressive” a strategy in redeveloping the property.
“It takes time to go through the process of relocating the old businesses and bringing in new ones,” he said. “We didn’t anticipate it would take this long.”
Petrie said there will also be a 100,000-square-foot area at the back of the mall. Plaza plans to have a large storage area there, with the possibility of office space for groups that don’t need to front County Road 93.
“The end result will really surprise residents who know what the old area looked like,” he said. “We’re feeling very good about the Midland project.”
Crown said the $4.9-million redevelopment represents a major investment in Midland.
“I think it would be safe to say the old mall was fairly tired,” he said. “The conversion of it from a mall to a plaza is a significant reinvestment in the community.”
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