Shops on Main on schedule for opening in March

2013-10-19T18:40:00Z 2014-02-12T17:06:27Z Shops on Main on schedule for opening in MarchChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
October 19, 2013 6:40 pm  • 

SCHERERVILLE | Structures have been established for several businesses that are expected to open in coming months at Shops on Main, town officials said.

In addition to having the shells in place for Gordmans, Ross Dress for Less, HomeGoods, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse and Pier 1 Imports, crews have poured floors and started utility work at the commercial center at the southeast corner of Main Street and U.S. 41, Town Manager Bob Volkmann said.

He said crews also are finishing work to create the entrances to Shops on Main.

Improvements to U.S. 41 and Main Street began over the summer to accommodate added traffic through the area. New traffic signals should be active this month, Volkmann said.

"The project is going along real good," said Volkmann, who anticipates the first stores in Shops on Main will open in March.

Town Council President Rob Guetzloff said the council is "pleased with the progress" made by Boyer Properties and Regency Centers, which is developing the property.

"It's nice to see establishment instead of bare land," Guetzloff said of the property.

Shops on Main also will include a Whole Foods Market, but construction of that building hasn't begun. Guetzloff said work to finalize plans for the market should be complete next month.

By some estimates, construction of Whole Foods could begin in the spring, and it could take as long as 12 months to complete.

There is room for other businesses to locate in the Shops on Main, but no other tenants have been announced. Representatives from Regency Centers and Boyer Properties could not be reached for comment.

Schererville is providing $21 million in financing incentives to assist with infrastructure and development costs for Shops on Main.

The town is providing the funding by issuing bonds through a tax-increment financing district. Tax revenue generated by the Shops on Main project will fund the debt service of the bonds, according to town leaders.

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