Darland Construction Converts Former Kmart into New Retail Center

by Katie Lee

Topeka, Kan. — Overland Park, Kan.-based Darland Construction Co. has completed the conversion of a former Kmart store in Topeka, Kan., into Wanamaker Hills Shopping Center. The 108,546-square-foot retail property is now home to Ulta, Old Navy, DSW, Five Below and Petco.

Equity Investment Group (EIG), a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based developer, bought the property in 2014 and worked with Darland Construction to renovate the structure, secured permits for signage and landscaping and negotiated leases. Schwerdt Design Group was the project architect.

Ulta Beauty, Petco and Five Below are already open. Soon, Old Navy and DSW will begin interior work on their stores.

According to TK Business, a business magazine covering Topeka, Kan., the $31.4 million project will feature 228,000 square feet of leased space with another 35,000 square feet of empty space in the back of the Kmart building. Slumberland, a longtime tenant in the strip mall, will remain in its location, as will Hobby Lobby and Bed Bath and Beyond. Although their facades will not change, TK Business says, the tenants will benefit from upgrades to the parking lot, exterior lighting features and landscaping.



SOURCE: Shopping Center Business / TK Business Magazine

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