New outdoor mall to replace Biscayne Wal-Mart

Kroenke Group mails preliminary site plans to retailers at Columbia Mall.
Thursday, August 7, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:45 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Biscayne Wal-Mart will soon be torn down, and a preliminary plan for the site has been distributed to some Columbia Mall retailers.

Anchored by the Famous-Barr, Biscayne Commons will be replaced by a new outdoor mall to be called The Shops at Stadium, said Craig Van Matre, attorney for the Kroenke Group.

Some vendors in the Columbia Mall received a letter from the Kroenke Group within the past two weeks informing them that a shopping center was being developed by the group. Enclosed was a potential site layout for the Biscayne Mall Redevelopment.

Columbia Mall managers at Pacific Sun, Champs Sport and Victoria’s Secret said they received the letter and site plan. Most stores in the Columbia Mall are corporately owned and will not make any decisions locally about moving their stores or any other actions relating to the proposed shopping center.

“It’s going after stores like any other firm would do,” said Keith Daise, group manager of four malls, including the Columbia Mall. “I think the stores will evaluate projects and make decisions based on what’s best for them . . . We’re not worried.”

Otto Maly, of Maly Commercial Realty, Inc., said the plan mailed with the letter is a conceptual plan, meaning it’s open to change. He also said once they sign the new shops, the dimensions of the buildings will change to suit the needs of the shops. He would not estimate the number of shops that will be built in the new center.

“It’s going to change,” Maly said.

Steve Houston, a spokesman for the Kroenke Group, said the Biscayne Wal-Mart is scheduled to be demolished, but a timetable has not been set. The Wal-Mart is expected to be relocated to the other side of the Columbia Mall, about a mile west of Stadium Boulevard across from Target. However, that move is contingent upon what happens with the proposed commuter relief interchange on Stadium Boulevard. The new Wal-Mart will be a supercenter about twice as large as the current Biscayne Wal-Mart, Houston said.

Developer Stan Kroenke is also involved in the construction of a third Columbia Wal-Mart Supercenter off Rock Quarry Road and Green Meadows Parkway, that is planned to replace the Wal-Mart in the Rock Bridge Shopping Center on Nifong Boulevard.

Van Matre said negotiations with stores for leases in the proposed development have not been completed. He also said the names of stores in negotiation with the developers will not be released until those leases are finalized. Maly said the firms normally make announcements when they move into a new area. Originally, developers hoped to attract stores such as Banana Republic, Bed Bath and Beyond, Best Buy, Chico’s, Talbots for Kids, Old Navy and Ann Taylor Loft.

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