Vacant downtown building being redeveloped

Vacant downtown building being redeveloped
(Source: KAIT)
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(Source: Halsey Thrasher Harpole, LLC)
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Developers are breathing new life into a vacant downtown Jonesboro building.

The Save-A-Lot on West Washington Avenue has been empty for years but come October, that will change.

Halsey Thrasher Harpole, LLC released a rendering of what the building will look like to Region 8 News.

Inside and out, there's a lot of work to do.

Over the course of two days, crews gutted the former grocery store to transform into usable space.

Gary Harpole, managing partner at Halsey Thrasher Harpole said they have already leased 14 thousand square feet of the 20 thousand square foot building.

He couldn't yet say who will be using the space but he did say what he hopes to see in the remaining portion of the building.

"We're real excited. We think we're going to have some additional office space or maybe even a restaurant location for downtown," Harpole said.

Harpole said as developers, their goal is to grow Jonesboro from all angles.

"We have a lot of things coming out of the ground that are new, and that's exciting," Harpole said. "But in looking at the market as a whole, we're very committed to looking for those opportunities that we can come in and either retrofit existing buildings or infill in other areas of town. We don't necessarily think it's good for the market to drive past a bunch of empty buildings just to get to new ones."

Harpole said crews will continue to clean out the building for the next 10 days. He said they hope to start new construction in June. The unnamed tenants will be in their space by October 1.

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