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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