ELLISVILLE (KMOX) – Two high-profile spots in Ellisville — both of which have been empty and dark — are about to get new life.
The K-mart which closed last year at Clarkson and Manchester Rds. will be replaced with Sports Authority, Michaels and Party City, and plans are also in place to replace the closed Best Buy location further east with a wine store and two other businesses. Across the street, a daycare center will build on a 4-acre lot that used to be a car dealership.
“It’s zero to sixty,” Mayor Adam Paul said of the developments. “There’s no two or three years (of) waiting. It’s a matter of months.”
He went through a contentious political battle against tax incentives for a Walmart just west of Manchester and Kiefer Creek, and was even impeached briefly before a court put him back in office. Soon after, stores started closing left-and-right, including K-mart and Best Buy.
Paul sees the retail resurgence now happening as vindication.
“I don’t think there’s a municipality out of the 91 in our region that has ever experienced such quick commerical development,” he said Wednesday, noting that there’s no public assistance for any of the retailers.
The Mayor added that improvements to Manchester Rd., including a landscaped median, should begin soon as part of the Great Streets Initiative. He also said there will be new trails which connect to Wildwood.
Next to the now-cancelled Walmart project’s site, a QuikTrip is planned.
Last year, an Ace Hardware opened in the city and Lucky’s Market filled the space at Clarkson and Clayton Rds. once occupied by a Straub’s.
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