Most Remaining K-Mart Plaza Stores Packing Up and Moving Out

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Retailers are busy packing up their moving boxes, preparing to move out of the K-mart Plaza off Collins Road NE.

Some, like K-Mart, Chuck E. Cheese, and Wildlife Habitat, have already closed their doors. Those that remain have to be out by Jan. 15 so the shopping center's owner can renovate and make room for new stores, including Hobby Lobby and Fresh Market.

Pakmail, a shipping business located in the K-Mart Plaza, doesn't want the move to cost them business, so they'll be packing up Saturday while still serving customers and open in their new location right around the corner on North Park Place on Monday.

Red Wing Shoes, a shoe store that has been in their current spot for 15 years, plans to start Friday packing up 4,000 pairs of shoes. Their plan is to set up shop at The Fountains, a new development just off of Edgewood Road and Blairs Ferry Road NE. Unfortunately, it won't be ready by the time they have to move out of their current location on Dec. 15.

"We didn't get the building permit done quick enough, (so) we're in a quandary. We have to do a double move to Boyson Road, then in four to six weeks move again in The Fountains," said Dave Miell, Red Wing Manager.

Red Wing Shoes will have a temporary location at 1709 Boyson Road NE.

Their next door neighbors in the K-mart Plaza, Video Games Etc., will be the only retailer staying put. They plan to remain in the shopping center through the renovation, but will be moving around the corner, near where the Iowa driver's license station is now. They hope the renovations and new anchor stores will be good for business.

"It's going to be great, we're going to get a lot more traffic, a lot more people coming to the center," said Kasey Black, Video Games Etc. manager.

The renovated shopping center, which is being renamed Collins Crossing is expected to be complete by this fall.

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