Two national chains are expected to open outlets in the old Kmart building in Sunnyside in the spring, according to reports from the Sunnyside building department.
The department has received word that Big Lots, a national chain of discount stores, and Country Buffet, a family-style restaurant, are among the tenants that have signed leases with Tri-Parks Development, owners of the former Kmart building.
Mike Storms of the city's building department said the city learned late last week that Country Buffet and Big Lots are coming to Sunnyside in 2005.
While calls to Tri-Park's Tacoma office have not been returned, word is that work on the space for the building's new tenants is expected to begin as early as January.
The Kmart project supervisor/manager, Ron Valdez of Western Warehousing, said he couldn't confirm that the mentioned tenants were scheduled to open for business in the 2600 Yakima Valley Highway commercial project. However, he did confirm that at least two tenants have signed leases and engineering plans for those two projects are nearing completion.
"I'm not sure which tenants will be moving in, but we are planning to start putting up walls in January," Valdez said.
He said his crews are currently completing stabilization of the mechanical fittings inside the former Kmart building.
"We will be getting the final plans for the actual remodeling Thursday," Valdez added.
"We will then be getting those to the city after Christmas. We expect to be ready to begin putting up walls in January," he explained.
Earlier this month, Storms said the city had received permit applications for several other commercial projects, including two which will be located to the east of The Dollar Tree on Yakima Valley Highway.
"We are moving into 2005 with a construction boom on the horizon," Storms added. "It's a pretty exciting time."