Friday, June 6, 2014
The former Kmart shopping center on Bowman Road will get a major overhaul. Developers hope to bring in two major chain anchors and rename the center Bowman Place.
After 35 years, Kmart closed its doors earlier this year.
Design plans submitted to the Town of Mount Pleasant reveal a new facade and a restructuring of the shopping center's five parcels.
Because the developer is not making more than 50-percent improvement, the project will not go through traditional planning boards and commissions.
In addition, the plan calls for extensive landscaping improvements and lighting.
It had been reported that Nordstrom Rack would be one of those major chains to take up residence, however, Naomi Tobis of Nordstrom Corporate Affairs told the Moultrie News that they are looking at potential locations for additional Rack stores in South Carolina but have no deal to share at this time.
“However, our first two Nordstrom Rack stores will open in Greenville, October 9, and Columbia, October 30, this coming fall,” she said.
In addition, Donna Patterson, property manager for Grove Property Fund LLC said, “Our company policy is not to be interviewed by the press, but we can provide accurate background information.
Unfortunately, things are not at the point on our end where we can confirm the final re-development plan for the old Kmart property. Feel free to check back in a couple of months.”
Dick's Sporting Goods was also previously reported as part of the plan in a slightly larger parcel on the property.
Representatives from Dick's Sporting Goods corporate headquarters have not returned requests for comments.
The site design renderings do not include an indication of tenants of the other three parcels.
Daniel Island-based Grove Property Fund LLC, owners of the 131,000-square-foot shopping center, plan to partially demolish and redesign the center with updated storefronts and landscaping, according to the submitted documents.
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