Columbia Mall could see new retailer in former Sears store

3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago Tuesday, August 13 2019 Aug 13, 2019 Tuesday, August 13, 2019 2:13:00 PM CDT August 13, 2019 in News
By: By Garrett Jones, KOMU 8 News Reporter
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COLUMBIA- The Columbia Mall has found a a potential buyer for the space that used to be a Sears retail store, which closed in July 2018.

Mall General Manager Rusty Strodtman said a specific retailer was interested in buying the space, but couldn't disclose who. Both he and the City of Columbia declined to be interviewed about the matter.

Cochran Engineering recently made a request to the city's Planning and Zoning for the 85,000 square foot space, which the mall owns, to be separated into a 6.6-acre lot and sold.

The mall is currently divided into two lots. Under another proposal, also from Cochran, the second lot would be subdivided into a space that includes the former Sears store.

The commission held a Public Information meeting at City Hall Tuesday afternoon.

If the Planning and Zoning Commission approves the request, it could mean the beginning of the process of a new retailer moving into the space.

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