Shopping site in works for old Wal-Mart in north Dover

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The existing commercial building is currently being renovated, which will include a reduction in its overall square footage of 118,234 square feet to 98,098 square feet. (Delaware State News photo)

DOVER — The long-vacant building that used to house Wal-Mart off U.S. 13 in north Dover, currently under construction, will be transformed into a shopping center with hopes of opening next spring.

Tenants will include an Outback Steakhouse, Ross, Petco, Five Below, Ulta Beauty and a Shoe Carnival, said Dover Economic Development Director William Neaton.

“There have been some delays with construction,” Mr. Neaton said. “It’s nothing too serious, just some weather issues. It’s just the basics, but we’re hoping either the Petco or the Ross will be one of the businesses that open in the spring.”

Dean Pletz, of Onix Dover LLC is the property’s owner.

Onix will receive a 10-year tax abatement on the building improvements and a 50-percent reduction in permit fees, as well as half off the cost of re-connecting the property into Dover’s water and sewer system, said Mr. Neaton.

The building has been vacant since October 2011, when the retail store moved to a new location two miles north in Cheswold.

The $12.5 million, Super Wal-Mart structure off the eastern side of U.S. 13, is just south of the Cheswold town limits.

The existing commercial building is currently being renovated, which will include a reduction in its overall square footage of 118,234 square feet to 98,098 square feet.

It will then be followed by the addition of the new storefronts, division of the building into separate stores and an expansion of the parking lot, said Mr. Neaton.

The new stores will be the first of their kind in Kent County.

Ross Dress, Ulta Beauty and Five Below have locations in New Castle County, while Petco and Outback have sites in both New Castle and Sussex counties.

Indiana-Based Shoe Carnival will be opening its first store in Delaware once the shopping center is complete.

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