Roosevelt Square Mall renovations underway

Roosevelt Square Mall renovations underway
A crew with RLH Construction removes the old façade of a former CVS pharmacy at Roosevelt Square in preparation for a new Ulta Beauty store buildout.

Amid speculation about plans for the Roosevelt Square Mall, a spokesperson for Dewberry Capital Corp. is setting the record straight.

Douglas German, a nephew of the company’s president, John Dewberry, said last month the company wants to turn it into a more pedestrian-friendly outdoor mall. A total renovation of all building façades and roofs will be done in phases, beginning with the building which contains Stein Mart, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Panera Bread and Okinawa Japanese Grillhouse and Sushi Bar.

The company is still studying options for the space where Belk was demolished in April, and German said a portion of that space will be used for a new building similar to the one which contains Chase Bank, Metro Diner and Green Lake Chinese.

RLH Construction has a crew working on a building addition within Roosevelt Square at the corner of San Juan Avenue and Fair Street.

RLH Construction has a crew working on a building addition within Roosevelt Square at the corner of San Juan Avenue and Fair Street.

The contractor, RLH Construction, had crews working on the interior demolition of the space next to Stein Mart. Originally a CVS pharmacy, when the 12,200-square-foot space is renovated, the interior finishing will be completed by new tenant Ulta Beauty, Inc. The renovation is estimated at $254,847, but tenant buildout will be done under a separate permit. Occupancy is expected sometime this fall.

Behind Ulta Beauty, on the corner of San Juan Avenue and Fair Street, RLH Construction is adding a 5,350 square-foot shell, which could be built out for up to five tenants, depending on space requirements. Contrary to rumors about a pet store coming, German said there were no agreements yet signed for that space, which should be available for buildout by the end of August.

The addition and the façade renovation of the building, where Stein Mart is the anchor tenant, were estimated at $1.2 million.

The 57-year-old retail center was purchased in 1997 by Dewberry Capital, who turned an enclosed shopping center into an open-air shopping plaza on 29 acres in two phases, from 1999 to 2003. German said the company hopes the renovations will bring in more tenants to fill the vacancies.


By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News

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