The developer is moving to revive the downtown mall as ‘St. George Place’ – St George News

ST. GEORGE- Known as the Kmart Mall, or Albertson Mall a few years ago, the long-running mall that sits wedged between South Bluff Street and Main Street is set to be redeveloped with new incoming businesses by the end of 2024.

Businesses at the former Kmart mall set to be redeveloped into St. George Place by the end of 2024, September 15, 2022 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Large white signs can be seen on Main Street and Bluff Street advertising “St. George Place” with a rendering of what the renovated development might look like.

Developers are looking to restore the mall to its glory days and attract new tenants, some of whom are already committed, to downtown St. George.

“They’re thrilled and really want to do whatever they need to do to get this started,” City of St. George staffer Carol Davidson told city council earlier this month, as the Proponent of the St. George Place project was requesting a renewal of a conditional use license that they had allowed to expire.

Bart Suppes, who represented developer Bluff Springs, LLC., said he decided to let the original permit expire because he wanted to improve the overall layout of the site’s parking lot and improve “the way it drains from Bluff”. The developer also wanted to confirm commitments from pending tenants for the project and believed they needed another year to do so, he said.

Redevelopment plans for the Kmart Mall include updating building elevations, new landscaping and parking lot development, and construction of three new shopping areas along Bluff Street for restaurants.

LR: Old and current plans for the development of the former Kmart shopping centre, which will become St. George Place at the end of 2024 | Image courtesy of City of St. George, St. George News

More specific measures include demolishing freestanding buildings near Bluff Street that currently house Outdoor Living and Patio Furniture stores. The nearest commercial units on either side of the Main Street entrance will also be demolished to widen this access point to the mall.

Landscaping, with the exception of pre-existing trees and shrubs, will also be replaced with a more water-oriented xeriscape. This eliminates the glassy area along Bluff Street and along the Main Street wall.

Walkways will be established in part of the car park to provide safer pedestrian access to the Bluff Street exit and will be added as part of the car park redesign. Charging stations for electric vehicles will also be added to the parking lot.

The wall along Main Street will also be torn down and rebuilt into something more aesthetically pleasing, Suppes said.

As for the companies expected to move into the revamped mall, Suppes was unable to release their names at the time, although he told the city council that he should be able to advise them towards the end. mid-October.

The entrance to the old Kmart mall on Main Street. The mall is expected to be redeveloped into St. George Place by the end of 2024, September 15, 2022 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The mall’s current tenants include Salt Lake Express Shuttle Service, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, Boomers Discount Markets, Sewing and Quilting Center of Southern Utah, The Salvation Army, and longtime tenants PC Innovations and Christensen’s.

“It’s important to St. George,” Councilman Gregg McArthur said. “Were excited. It’s a huge thing for us.

City Council unanimously approved the permit renewal application at its September 1 meeting.

The mall has been in operation since the 1980s, with Albertson’s Grocery and Kmart considered its anchor for many years. Along the way, Joann Fabric and Crafts also had a store there.

However, that changed when the Joann store moved to Washington City in 2012. This was followed by the Closing of Bluff Street Albertson’s location in 2013. Kmart continued operations and became the last store of its kind in Utah until its closure in 2019.

When Albertson’s was still open there, it was common for middle and high school students from Dixie to go there for lunch.

The mall is also credited with helping to expand businesses in the south end of town near the Bluff Street exit on Interstate 15.

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Edwin S. Wolfe