Old center makes way for new development
Some big changes are happening at the Ski Run Center on the corner of Ski Run Boulevard and Highway 50, perhaps best known as the site of KFC restaurant.
The new Ski Run Shopping Center is under construction, and should be finished by the winter or spring of 2009, said Rick Gardner of Gardner Enterprises, which is in charge of the construction of the center.
The new building is going up on the vacant lot between the current shopping center and Chevy’s Fresh Mex Restaurant. This is the beginning of Phase One of the project. The next part of Phase One is demolishing the current building, paving and some landscaping, which is expected to happen in May, Gardner said.
Shop owners will experience a period of non-operation that is expected to last 30 to 45 days, said Mike Dupree, a partner in Gardner Enterprises.
Some shop owners, like Elizabeth Hallen of Hot Gossip Espresso Bar, said last month she was excited about the changes around the corner of Ski Run Boulevard. Hallen wasn’t too concerned about the non-operational period, so long as it doesn’t extend into the South Shore’s peak tourist season.
“I could use the time off,” Hallen said. “I just hope it’s not during the peak summer season.”
Others, like Lois Yuzbick, owner of Pazazz Boutique, does not plan on keeping her shop open through the move. Yuzbick expressed doubt regarding the non-operational period, and when it would happen.
“We don’t know what’s going on,” Yuzbick said.
Yuzbick will be closing up shop after nearly 20 years of business at the South Shore.
“It’s sad,” Yuzbick said.
Phase Two of the project will be the building of a structure that will extend to Ski Run Boulevard, and another structure that will sit at the corner of the property. Phase Two is expected to begin at the end of the summer in 2008, hopefully to be completed in the winter or spring of 2009, Gardner said.
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