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Work on Corridor Plaza continues

Fierke: Store announcements could come next week

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Gateways like this will welcome people to Corridor Plaza, a development featuring stores, offices, a hotel and other amenities on what wasCrossroads Mall site. Crossroads Plaza Development LLC, of Ankeny, is expected to announce as early as next week two stores that will call Corridor Plaza home.

As construction continues within the Corridor Plaza, the site of the former Crossroads Mall, work is also being done behind the scenes to recruit retailers for the new spaces.

Several retailers have already committed to the Corridor Plaza, according to Fort Dodge City Manager David Fierke. However, to date not many of them have been revealed.

That could change as early as next week, Fierke said on Friday.

“There will be an announcement of two stores as early as next week,” Fierke said. “And there are a couple more that should be announced before the end of the year.”

UnityPoint Clinic Express was the first business to open within the Corridor Plaza. The clinic opened in June. Discount Tire followed them. That business opened in September.

Crossroads Plaza Development LLC, of Ankeny, is the owner of the mall property. It has reinvisioned the area to include a collection of stores and recreational opportunities.

A small strip center is being constructed near Burger King and Applebee’s

“There will be five or six stores there,” Fierke said. “That’s going to be constructed over winter and should be occupied by the spring.”

The Younkers wing will remain and will also become a strip center. The layout of the stores will be a different concept than before with the entrances facing the opposite way of what they were with Crossroads Mall.

“They are working on that, getting infrastructure to it,” Fierke said. “That should be enclosed before winter.”

Fierke said the Younkers wing will be the “main shopping center.”

“We hope to have retailers in there and have it occupied before the holiday shopping season in 2022,” Fierke said.

One longtime Fort Dodge store does not appear to have a home in the Corridor Plaza as of now, according to Fierke.

“As far as we know, Dunham’s will not be staying at the Corridor Plaza,” Fierke said. “We hope they stay in Fort Dodge, but it doesn’t sound like they will be in the Corridor Plaza.”

A hotel and an event space remain possibilities for the area.

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