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Garland: old Hypermart site

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jrd1964
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Garland: old Hypermart site

Postby jrd1964 » 22 Oct 2017 14:51

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/garland ... ty-gateway

The city of Garland is spending $6.3 million for the old Hypermart USA site at Shiloh/Kingsley/Garland roads. They want to tear it down and replace it with a 'gateway' project.

Previously the site of the Apollo Drive-In, the Hypermart USA store opened in late 1987-early 1988 with 226,000 square feet of groceries, clothing, refrigerators and other appliances, toys, automotive, a food court, storefront services (bank, shoe repair, hair salon, etc), and more, plus a convenience store-gas station in the parking lot. Some associates wore roller skates to assist customers quicker. Walmart partnered with Cullum Cos. (Tom Thumb's original parent) initially for the store's grocery section, but Cullum would later pull out of the venture. Walmart later would rebrand/reimage the store in Garland as a Walmart Supercenter. Despite thousands of shoppers, writeups in papers on both coasts,

http://articles.latimes.com/1988-02-07/ ... ermart-usa
http://www.nytimes.com/1988/02/04/busin ... wanted=all

and additional locations in Arlington and 2 in the Midwest, the Garland store closed in 2008, replaced with a smaller but current Super format store nearby off Northwest Hwy./Marketplace Dr. It has sat empty and up for sale till now.

The store in Arlington remains open as a Walmart Supercenter.

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Tivo_Kenevil
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Re: Garland: old Hypermart site

Postby Tivo_Kenevil » 22 Oct 2017 16:41

They should build apartments there.
They already have a renovated Shopping center on Miller and Garland Rd.

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Re: Garland: old Hypermart site

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 23 Oct 2017 10:16

The problem with that idea is this site is surrounded by active industrial property and most developers would be more interested in more industrial development but the city wants something more significant there since it is a gateway site for the city. I wish they could get some form of a mixed-use redevelopment but I have seen less and less that is a possibility. Particularly because mixed use in DFW means high-end finishes and high-end prices and this site would be great for more middle ground priced residential and retail. Dallas developers and banks don't know how to do that here though. They only know how to do mixed use on golden hillside with signature towers and exclusive hotels.


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