Westdale adds Petsmart

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Petsmart is the latest retailer to join the new Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids.

The pet supply store announced it will open a location in the Westdale area on the southwest side of the city. That is in addition to its location near Lindale Mall on the northeast side of the city.

Petsmart will be located to the east of Younkers near the 29th Avenue entrance to Westdale Mall in a newly constructed building. The store is expected to open in the second half of 2017.

Earlier this week, Ross Dress for Less announced it would open its first store in Iowa at Westdale. At the time of that announcement, Westdale staff hinted to KCRG-TV9 that more store announcements could be coming soon.

The Frew Development Group has led a renovation of the once struggling Westdale Mall site. Many of the storefronts in the mall were vacant when Frew demolished most of the mall, leaving only Younkers, J.C. Penney and another empty anchor storefront standing. In its place, Frew is building several free standing stores in a shopping center atmosphere and plans to incorporate hotel, living space and restaurants. City tax breaks are helping to fund the redevelopment of Westdale.