The Buffalo Wild Wings "coming soon" sign is up. There is no sign of any equipment in place yet to demonlish the existing building.
In addition to the economic downturn, which has made financing retail development projects more difficult, Eychaner said the type of users allowed to locate in the neighborhood may affect his ability to attract tenants.
He was referring to a recent application by Pawn America Iowa LLC, which had asked the city of Des Moines to grant partial relief from a temporary moratorium on the establishment and relocation of pawnshops.
The Des Moines City Council enacted the moratorium on May 17.
"If the city is committed to having a vibrant retail area around the mall," Eychaner said, "you have to limit it to businesses that contribute positively to that area and attract national tenants."
Pawn America was vying for the relief in order to locate a pawnshop at 5730 Douglas Ave., the former site of a Furniture Row store located across the street from two of Eychaner's properties.
The company withdrew its request prior to Monday's council meeting.
Drove by the new Buffalo Wild Wings (scheduled to open tomorrow) and appears to be a half dozen or so people already lined up at the door.
Another new strip center is now proposed for the former location of the Furniture Row store on the SE corner of Merle Hay Road and Douglas Avenue. No word on tenants yet, but the developers must have something in hand if they're going this far.
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