Big plans for Sears property in St. Paul

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 4, 2013 - 10:18 PM

Company is looking at major redevelopment to add other retail outlets, offices and housing.

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joe_mnJan. 4, 13 3:20 PM

i think interstate 94 going in had a lot more influence on sears decision to build the store in 1963. being between university av and hwy 94 is a good spot.

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EleanoreJan. 4, 13 3:21 PM

Hope they aren't loking for a subsidy handout, be it tiff, expidited or waved permitting and fees. Sears can afford to do whatevr it wants with it's proeprty. Just like the NFL (who doens't own property yet somehow has a place of business).

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mouthwashJan. 4, 13 3:55 PM

Good that Sears is thinking of doing something with that blighted property. These days, most "customers" at that location are actually there to do business at the Driver License Bureau on the second floor.

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texas_technomanJan. 4, 13 4:44 PM

I'm sure Sears will really draw the shoppers in....they would be better off selling the property; but them when was the last time that Sears did something smart!

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thehoffersJan. 4, 13 4:55 PM

Between Macy's and Sears, who didn't cut & run? Who had the special funding incentive 10 years ago? I'm a fan of Sears.

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hittodeadJan. 4, 13 4:57 PM

Central Corridor Light Rail naysayers: get used to seeing stories like these. In five years it will be abundantly clear how wrong you were.

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twincitizen1Jan. 4, 13 9:33 PM

I used to live across the street on Sherburne. This is fantastic news for the area. I'd expect the long-vacant Saxon Ford and recently vacant Greyhound lots to follow suit with development soon. A renewed interest in city living and investments in transit can make great things happen. The days of vast surface parking lots in our central cities are coming to a close. Hopefully enough Sears customers arrive by foot, bus, or train that the company sees the value in developing the southern half of the parking lot as well.

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karenkankanJan. 5, 13 9:22 AM

This is good, this has been a wasted pice of real estate for some time. How about a decent grocery store there? Neighborhoid could use more, maybe an independent one specializing in in ethnic speciality foods for immigrants and adventuresome home-grown eaters, while still having basics everyone wants so it could serve neighborhood but also draw from commuters, people coming via freeway, light rail? or a smallish one like trader joes? I think board could also push for space for small specialty retailers, service providers, food places like Gobsl Mid-town market place in Mpls. Again, something that would serve neighborhood but be interesting unique enough to draw outsiders via many transit options.

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Stefano_GJan. 5, 1310:11 AM

St. Paul needs to go further in fostering incentives that help create a critical mass of INDEPENDENT boutiques and ma/pa shops downtown. It would help advance its wonderfully unique identity and bolster its 'destination' worthiness.

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callmeronJan. 5, 13 2:10 PM

Sears was a bankrupt company purchased by a hedge fund owner and is still losing millions ten years later. The area of St. Paul where this store is located is a welfare dependent sea of high crime and nothingness. At this Sears store, you can find tools, clothes, and hookers nearby. Did I mention the crack dealers? Drive near this store and see if anybody flashes you their palm. That's street sign language asking if you want to buy some crack. Also, if someone says to you, "Got change for a twenty?", that's also street language asking if you want to buy some crack. I've been asked that and palm flashed a few times near this store.

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