Brooklyn Center Walmart Site To Go Up for Sale As Soon As Next Week
Brooklyn Center city leaders say the site of the former Walmart will go up for sale as soon as next week as the city and the developer of the Shingle Creek Crossing shopping center wait to see what other companies may be interested in the area.
One big question is whether the 18-acre site — which includes the 12-year-old, 200,000-square-foot former Walmart store — would be able to attract another similarly sized tenant.
“The pool of retail tenants that are of that size is getting smaller,” said Brooklyn Center City Planner Ginny McIntosh. “Even pre-COVID, the retail environment is different these days.”
McIntosh said the most desirable outcome from the city’s perspective would be for one large store to come in and take over the building with only slight alterations to suit its particular needs.
“If that doesn’t work out we may look at a multi-tenant situation and the last case scenario is a full-blown redevelopment,” said McIntosh.
Some ideas under discussion with city planners and the developer may include the possibility of an Asian Mall or International Food Village, or creating multi-tenant space if a single user cannot be found, said McIntosh.
A handful of smaller businesses are taking up spots in the surrounding buildings of the shopping center, McIntosh said. Krak Boba and Micholandia, an ice cream specialty shop, are both in the final stages before being ready to open, possibly by summer. Also, Pollo Campero, a Guatemalan restaurant, is in the process of submitting plans for a new restaurant at 1340 Shingle Creek Crossing, she said.