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4/14/2013 6:00:00 AM
Plans for Kingman's Frontier Crossing include hotel
Construction has begun on Frontier Crossing, which developers plan to fill with a variety of large stores and a hotel. The first tenant, 99 Cent Only, will move in as soon as its new store is complete.KIM STEELE/Miner
Construction has begun on Frontier Crossing, which developers plan to fill with a variety of large stores and a hotel. The first tenant, 99 Cent Only, will move in as soon as its new store is complete.
Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A rundown empty strip mall at the southeast corner of I-40 and Stockton Hill Road is getting a major facelift and a new tenant.

National retailer 99 Cent Only has agreed to lease a 17,000 square foot store in Frontier Crossing, which is being jointly redeveloped by Accelerated Development Services and Wadsworth Development. The 82,000 square foot strip mall formerly housed a grocery and call center.

"This is exciting for us and we think it will be for Kingman," said Dave Cheatham, managing principal with Accelerated. "When we considered the property, we didn't look at what we saw at the time, but at what it will be when it's completed. As for Kingman, we believe it will only get stronger."

Cheatham said when the facelift is completed, the strip mall will boast new storefronts, paving, landscaping and a large freeway sign. Besides 99 Cent Only, which will move in this summer, Cheatham said the strip mall will feature three or four smaller retailers occupying spaces ranging from 6,000 to 25,000 square feet.

Other possible tenants are negotiating contracts for the space, said Cheatham. They include a home and farm store, as well as an appliance and furniture store. Also, the company is preparing the north end of the strip mall for a possible hotel for business travelers. He declined to identify the stores' names until their contracts are signed.

Kingman Mayor John Salem said he is looking forward to the addition of new stores in Kingman.

"I believe the construction and renovation of the property at Stockton Hill Road and Detroit will serve to be a great benefit to the region," said Salem. "The developer has promised three very popular tenants so far. With more retail, there will be a potential for jobs and a tax base."

Cheatham said that while there are several dollar stores in town, 99 Cent Only has a wider variety of name-brand items. Cheatham said the strip mall would offer retailers the community needs and that fit in well with the local business environment.

"We're thrilled to be under construction," said Cheatham. "This center has been an eyesore, and the response from the community and retailers has been very positive. Everyone wants to see the property upgraded and quality businesses brought in."

Pam Wilkinson, president of the Kingman Chamber of Commerce, said she heard rumors about Frontier Crossing, but nothing had been confirmed. Wilkinson said she is excited to hear about new businesses moving into the city.

"We need more retail and something like this will help our community along," said Wilkinson. "Kingman is retail-challenged, and these new businesses will mean more sales tax for the city, which will help our community thrive. It's always good news to hear about additional commerce."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Proud Kingmanite

Thanks much for the heads up, I never heard of Einstein Bros. Bagels before. I will have to check them out when I am next in Las Vegas. I checked their website and menu.....mmmmm. I really want to try the garlic ones. Except for the lack of egg bagels (only Lenders still made them, the last I checked) on their menu, they sound like a pretty good bet and they are already here in AZ.

As to motels or anything else.......I will let the market decide. They fail or succeed. That's capitalism.

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Lost in America on the right wing

Hotel near a school?

I guess a jail near a school is a better idea.

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: mo co rider

why dose everyone think a hotel means hookers and blow? im sure thousands of our children dissapear from the hampton inn ea year! lol, its close to hospital, for patient familys and traveling nurses and doctors...soft ball tournaments, etc. come on kingman a good thing getting kicked in the teath again!

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: Jennifer Johnson

I would LOVE to see a Target. The comment about the community not making enough money doesn't even make sense. Walmart is a huge competitor with Target and they seem to do just fine. Not to mention Target has better quality merchandise. And for the people who are saying we can move if we don't like it, need to just be nice and keep their opinions to themselves we all have a right to voice out our own thoughts. Just because we want certain store doesn't mean we should move if we don't like it!

Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013
Article comment by: job openings?

where can we apply for jobs for the 99 cent store?

Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013
Article comment by: TeenAge Adolescent

I think our town needs a zumiez. It would make allot of money considering me and my peers either have too go too Vegas or Phoenix too shop for clothes. Or even a footlocker? C'mon guys.

Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Article comment by: Rachelle Williams

I am all for other stores, but NO HOTELS MOTELS. I think it would just be completely tacky looking, put in a new restaurant (not fast food) restaurant!

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: Proud Kingmanite

I'm all for new shops or restaurants...BUT NO HOTELS! That is a neighborhood with lots of kids and frankly...WE don't want a hotel right across the street. God knows there's enough hotels along I-40 and Andy Devine...the last thing we need is another friggin' Hotel/Motel! No thanks, just bring in the 99cents store and maybe a Baskin Robbins or an Einstein Bros. Bagels, that'd be nice!

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ R .

Far as I know that was the only one, over on Club. I only live about 2 1/2 blocks away and was really excited when I saw the construction and clean-up going on. I intentionally waited about 3-4 weeks after they opened so they could work out the kinks. First eat in visit...very good. Even bought a gift certificate for a friend a few days later (though they had to hand write it on the back of a order form, because they didn't have the correct forms). Second visit...average food and service. Even though we ordered the same thing, it was nothing like our first meal. 3rd visit was a takeout pizza that I called in. 30 min later, they had no record of my order when I showed up. Young lady apologized and took my order promising to expedite. Came back in 20 min...stood at the counter and sat on the bench just to see what happened....took at least 10 min for someone to ask me if I needed help. Still wasn't ready. 10 min later got my pizza and was charged full price. Pizza was about as poor as it could be.

Just saying...that was my experience. Would you have gone back?

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Location, Location Location

No, Buccilli's closed because it was in an awful location.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Kng Just Doesn't Have the Leadership

Well tj again doesn't know of what he speaks. According to the US Census median household income between 2007-2011 for Kingman was $47,045. And for BHC it was $38,930. The reason for more (and some would say better) national chains is the gambling/tourist factor and the idea (erroneous) that a BHC store will attract shoppers from Kng and LHC. Also BHC council was very involved in the development of some of the largest shopping centers and worked to attract these national stores.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: You Go, Girl

Good for you April. You have the start of a grassroots movement. It would be a nice idea if the Miner would give you a little one line each week that targets one retailer with contact information asking residents to ask them to come. It is true that retailers do indeed listen to resident requests.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Welcome 99Cent Store, Hotel and All Others

I agree with Let's Not Be... Only those who fear everything and see danger under every rock would be against a hotel next to the interstate.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: My Vote for Lowes

We do need a Lowes - come on Lowes invest in our community. We'll support you.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Those Who Grumble the Loudest, Do Nothing

Just Wow, most of the companies you mention have franchising opportunities. Now's your chance.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Sad But True

Judy F, these stores do plenty of research before they put hundreds of thousands of dollars in a community. Having working with the demographics of this area, let's just say it is a good fit.

Until we are able to tidy up this place (just look around) we will never attract upscale residents to support retail other than discount stores.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: From Another 35 Yr Resident

OGGIE 911, if you think there is a market for more upscale shopping in Kingman why not put money where your mouth is and open that boutique?

A 99cent store may not be the most wonderful store but it meets the needs and from what I have seen in other communities where they exist, they are a good corporate neighbor.

Welcome 99 Cent Store.

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: R .

@ V Stokes

Well, we must be talking about two different Buccilli's because I thought the food and service was excellent as did the people who I knew that went.

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: D. P.

For a couple of you stating about putting a Lowes in this spot, It would never work. The building alone would not fit with the school directly behind it. Take a look at Home Depot next time you drive by and compare. Can you honestly think that a Lowes would fit? I didn't think so. Plus, you would need a much bigger parking lot which would not work as well. I'm fine with choosing between the three main stores: Home Depot, Ace, and Tru Value. Though for the most part I will shop in HD.

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

R .

Unfortunately, the reason Buccilli's closed was because of inconsistency of both food and service. We gave them 3 chances and only once was the food and service what I would call good. 2 friends also went and after their first visits stated they wouldn't be back.

It's that old first impressions thing.

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: Donnae Ellis

Once DQ changed management it went down hill from there. I miss it,

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: R .

In spite of all the complaining about the 99 Cent Only store --which by the way is a great store-- it will do very well here in Kingman and 99% of those complaining will end up shopping there.

And for those of you who keep asking for an Olive Garden, you wouldn't know good Italian food if it slapped your face. We had Buccilli's (which took over the old Cappello's building) and they had outstanding food but none of you went so they closed. That's the problem with so many businesses here in Kingman, you all complain that we don't have and then when we get, you don't go and so they close!
We lost a great, independent and reasonably priced ice cream shop on Northern Avenue this year because not enough people went. Either start spending or stop complaining!

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: Jerilyn Silvey

who need lowe's when we have Home Depot?

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: jist me again

dear Transplanted Ohioan

there are lots of mom and pop restaurants all over this town that will blow your chain restaurants out of the water. try one.

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: trained observer

A 99 cent store will provide more jobs and choices for the locals not the best choice but at least something. Along I-40, we are the only large town between Flagstaff and Barstow. We could easily have a larger range of stores and restaurants but this city wants to stay stuck in the Dark Ages. Barstow has an outlet mall, we don't. Don't you think that travelers along I-40 would stop and spend money if we had something to offer them?
As for Olive Garden and other Darden restaurants - I won't support businesses that treat employees miserably.

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